Basma ALSHARIF Ouroboros

  • Ouroboros Film Still, 2017, Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Imane Farés.


Ouroboros is a serpent that eats its own tail, forming a ring that symbolizes death and resurrection. In this film, which begins in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, a man wanders through Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert, the ancient Italian cities of Matera and Martina Franca, and a 13th-century castle towering over Brittany, France. The cycle of encounters, separations, and oblivion that the man repeatedly goes through overlaps with the history of destruction and regeneration in Gaza. The forward and backward movement of time is juxtaposed with the bombed and devastated land and urban landscapes that have been preserved for centuries. Without communicating large volumes of information about Gaza, and resisting facile discourse, Alsharif shows viewers that history can seem senseless, and cannot be judged from a single point of view, thus revealing that it is not fixed knowledge but rather visceral experience.


  • Born 1983 in State of Kuwait, Kuwait
  • Lives and works nomadically

Basma Alsharif was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents. After moving to France at an early age, she was denied citizenship eight years later and moved to the United States. While she feels the Gaza Strip in Palestine, which she has visited many times with the assistance of her maternal relatives, is in a sense her homeland, she grew up without a strong sense of national identity. In 2007, she earned a Master's in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She lived and worked in Chicago, Beirut, Amman, Sharjah, Gaza, Paris, Tokyo, and elsewhere and is currently based in Cairo. Her work is characterized by montages of recordings and texts, unique incorporations of music, and apocalyptic documentary footage with no specified location or time.

Selected Works & Awards

2019 Nominated artist for the Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize, Porto, Portugal
2018 Shortlisted for the Abraaj Group Art Prize, Dubai, UAE
2016 Panavision/Air France Award for the film Ouroboros, FID Marseille, France
Commune Image Award for the film Ouroboros, FID Marseille, France
2015 LOOP Fair Prize acquisition for the film The Story of Milk and Honey, Barcelona, Spain
2014 Winner of the INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION for the film Deep Sleep at VIDEOEX, Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zurich, Switzerland
2012 3rd Prize in the Experimental category for the film We began by measuring distance, Athens International Film & Video Festival, Ohio, USA
Visual Arts Grant: the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture for the film Farther than the eye can see, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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Aichi Arts Center Art Space A (12F)


Aichi Arts Center 12F
1-13-2 Higashisakura,Higashi-ku, Nagoya
461-8525 JAPAN


・5 minutes on foot from Sakae Station on the Higashiyama Subway Line or Meijo Subway Line.
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