The Place Where I was Condemned to…

The Place Where I was Condemned to Live: Basma Alsharif Solo Exhibition

Opening: June 27 — 4:00 to 9:00 pm
de Appel, Tolstraat 160, Amsterdam

De Appel is thrilled to announce Basma Alsharif's first solo exhibition in the Netherlands. Basma's work traverses many themes related to de Appel’s current focus: her work in video and film raises questions related to (the representation of) land, exile and belonging.

Three installations and a film will be presented in de Appel’s exhibition space: Trompe l’œil (2016), an installation of a mise en scene, photographs and video about who has the right to make and reproduce images; A Philistine (2019-2023), a novella by Alsharif about Loza, who is on a train journey moving backwards in time through history, the book’s story incites new possibilities for Palestinian futures and desires; Capital (2023), a video and set of photographs which is centred on the rise of fascism in Egypt, through focusing on architecture to highlight the shift from the Colonial past to a current Neo-Colonial takeover. Basma's film Ouroboros (2017) will be screened at the end of each day of the exhibition. Ouroboros is a feature length film, which includes archival surveillance footage of destruction in Gaza, with an eerie panoptic gaze and sumptuous 16mm footage. Chinook, the North American Indigenous language spoken by Basma’s fellow artist-filmmaker Sky Hopinka in the film, brings the two liberation struggles together.

As part of the opening, her new ongoing work Morning Circle takes form as a symposium and set of workshops that looks critically at the ways in which western cultural hegemony fails to see immigrants as integral to their populations, by taking one of the most vulnerable spaces: the Kindergarten, as a space of potential reform.

The exhibition opens on Thursday 27 June at 4pm-9pm. Children are welcome.

Public programme:
Friday 28 June: Morning Circle symposium

Saturday 29 June: Morning Circle workshop