Basma Alsharif

Kuwait 1983 (Palestinian). Lives and works in the United States.

Basma Alsharif "is interested in how near and far away geo-political issues affect us physically or emotionally; how they can simultaneously affect us just as easily as we can disregard them. Using visual codes that weave us through forests of a carefully selected range of materials, her aim is to decentralize place, content, and medium. There is never one point of focus in her work but instead an attempt to create spaces where facts, numbers, photographs, songs, language etc become interchangeable and ultimately manifest as information to be experienced rather than understood.

Since 2007 Basma has worked between Chicago, Cairo, Amman, Beirut and Sharjah, developing works that attempt to reflect a multiplicity in vantage point and content. She has relied on the environments she lives in and experiences she has had to influence and drive these pieces. She looks at the unwritten language of how a landscape or urban environment functions: what defines and constitutes a place and how individuals relate to one another within and in relation to different places."

- Excerpt from Basma Alsharif - Farther Than The Eye Can See, published by Darat al Funun - The Khalid Shoman Foundation, 2012