Basma Alsharif Videoworks: Volume 1


Collection: New Releases, Single Artist Compilations

Tags: Documentary, Family, History, Landscape, Language, Middle East, Migration, Politics, Videoworks, War

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Basma Alsharif Videoworks: Volume 1

The work of Basma Alsharif is a tribute and testament to diasporic cultures, in this case Palestinian, drifting from the Gaza Strip to Egypt, France to the United States. Alsharif's work isn't so much about Palestine as it is about being without Palestine; the work speaks to a collective struggle of removal from place, and distance from home. From Everywhere was the Same (2007) to The Story of Milk and Honey (2011), Basma Alsharif: Videoworks Volume 1 evokes a sense of dissonance between place, subject, story, and camera.

Included Titles

Everywhere was the Same
In an empty room, a slideshow projection of abandoned places plays alongside the narrative of two girls who find themselves on the shores of a pre-apocalyptic paradise. Told through subtitle text that weaves fact and fiction together, the story of a...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: crime or violence, mental landscape

We Began by Measuring Distance
Long still frames, text, language, and sound are weaved together to unfold the narrative of an anonymous group who fill their time by measuring distance. Innocent measurements transition into political ones, examining how image and sound communicate...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: history, mental landscape, politics

Turkish Delight
Super 8mm film transferred to digital video. Installation composed of footage from three separate sequences that interweave frame by frame. Shot in the interiors of empty homes in Amman, Jordan. Sound composed of recording of food ingredients for...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: food

Basma Alsharif, The Story of Milk and Honey
The Story of Milk and Honey is a short experimental video belonging to a larger project, which includes photographs, drawings and text, detailing an un-named individual’s failure to write a love story. Through voiceover narration that weaves...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: history, literature, love, memory