“Helter Skelter” as selected by Basma Alsharif

Thursday, 12 July 2012
A Space Gallery (401 Richmond Street West, Suite 110)
5 PM

Basma Alsharif in attendance

In conjunction with A Space’s exhibition of This Story Begins and Ends with Us, a solo show of the work of Basma Alsharif, this salon will feature selections from Helter Skelter (1974), the true crime classic, which will be offered up as a way to examine an author’s or artist’s relationship to historical detail and corresponding ideas of accuracy.

With a skillful play between moving images, text, translation and voice, the media work of Alsharif calls out the viewer’s position of watching, asking us to reconsider the certainty with which we know the world. Alsharif’s practice evinces an interest in how people relate to and internalize geopolitical shifts that occur within their lifetimes, and those they carry with them from past generations. Weaving structural visual codes with material archives, her aim is to decentralize content and produce work that operates through a multi-vantage perspective, thereby transforming information into a visceral experience.

Born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents, Basma Alsharif spent her early childhood in France, and then immigrated to the US after being denied residency. She received an MFA from UIC in 2007 and relocated to Egypt. Alsharif has since worked between the US, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates on multi-media and single channel installation works. Alsharif’s work has shown in exhibitions and film festivals internationally.

No Reading After the Internet (Toronto) is supported by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. Special thanks to A Space Gallery, the Images Festival, Pleasure Dome and Trinity Square Video for their support of this salon.

Image credit: Basma Alsharif, We Began By Measuring Distance, 2009.