Basma Alsharif: Doppelgänging


Thursday, April 24, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

Basma Alsharif in person

Basma Alsharif's sharp, seductive films have often been informed by Palestine's history, its contemporary political situation, and the conflicted experiences of those who call it home (whether or not they live there). She returns to CATE with a collection of recent films that explore bilocation—the act of being in multiple places at once—a state of being she uses to describe Palestinian identity, as well as cinema itself. The program offers the possibility of bilocating through the visceral experience of drone-glitched TV and teenage cello lessons in Home Movies Gaza (2013); a rhyming exercise in the Panathenaic Stadium in Girls Only (2014); a stroboscopic oral history in Farther Than the Eye Can See (2012); and a hypnosis-inducing pan-geographic shuttle in Deep Sleep (2014), a film/performance.

Presented in collaboration with the Video Data Bank.

2012–14, Canada/Gaza Strip/Greece/Malta/United Arab Emirates, multiple formats, ca 70 min + discussion

Basma Alsharif (b. 1983, Kuwait) is a visual artist working between cinema and installation whose work concerns the human condition as it is related to the subjective experience of political history. Since receiving her MFA from the University of Illinois in Chicago in 2007, she has shown her work in solo exhibitions, biennials, and film festivals internationally, including Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Jerusalem Show, Toronto International Film Festival, Berlinale, Videobrasil, and Manifesta 8.