Basma Alsharif: Drawing a line through the Ouroboros

  • Still from Basma Alsharif, Home Movies Gaza, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Still from Basma Alsharif, Home Movies Gaza, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Still from Pier Paolo Pasolini, Location Hunting in Palestine, 1965

Screening + Artist Talk

  1. Nov 30, 2017, 6 – 8 pm
Level 0, Lecture Hall

Basma Alsharif presents an evening of texts, sounds, and images as references and influences for her first feature-length film Ouroboros, which screens at the Harvard Film Archive on Fri, Dec 1, 7 pm.

The event includes excerpts from Pier Paolo Pasolini's documentary Location Hunting in Palestine, a brief reading from Carlo Levi’s Christ Stopped at Eboli, and sounds by musician Yann Gourdon. Also included is Alsharif's short film Home Movies Gaza (2013, 24 min), in which she captures the private and public spheres of the Gaza Strip.

Drawing a line through the Ouroboros with Basma Alsharif is presented in collaboration with Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, the Harvard Film Archive and the Film Study Center at Harvard.

Basma Alsharif 

Basma Alsharif is an artist/filmmaker born in Kuwait of Palestinian origin, raised between France, the US and the Gaza Strip. She has a BFA and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Alsharif developed her practice nomadically between Chicago, Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, the Gaza Strip and Paris. She works between cinema and installation, centering on the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes and natural environments. Major exhibitions include: the Whitney Biennialles Rencontres d'Arles, les Module at the Palais de Tokyo, Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum, Al Riwaq Biennial Palestine, The Berlin Documentary Forum, the Sharjah Biennial, and Manifesta 8. She received a jury prize at the Sharjah Biennial 9 and was awarded the Marcelino Botin Visual Arts grant. Alsharif is based in Los Angeles. She is represented by Galerie Imane Farés in Paris and her works are distributed by Video Data Bank and Arsenal.