Bissane Al Charif is a set designer and visual artist. Hailing from Palestinian origins, she grew up in Damascus She studied Architecture at the University of Damascus, and Set Design at the Nantes School of Architecture in France 2006.
Since she moved to Paris in 2013, she works as a set and costume designer, she collaborates with serval Syrian and French theatre directors.
At the same time, Bissane Al Charif develops his personal art projects and started creating multimedia art, where she explores tools such as installation art, sound, and video, in interaction with the public.
She starts from concrete questions that arise for her as a woman, a daughter, and a mother. She tells her story and especially makes others speak.
She is the set and costume designer of several performances and opera pieces such as “While I was waiting”, Avignon, 2017, “The Factory” at the Volksbuehne , Berlin,2018, and “Damascus 2045” at Freiburg theater, 2021, Germany.
Her multimédia installation “Mémoire(s) des Femmes”, documenting the individual stories of eight women who have fled Syria, was awarded the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2015. Her artistic installation “Sham”, observing the city of Damascus from the view of its children, was first presented at the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration in Paris, in November 2017. Her new artistic installation “I once an entered a Garden” on collaboration with Chrystèle Khodr and Waël Ali was presented at Dar El-Nemr, Lebanon, Napoli Teatro Festival, and Noorderzon Festival 2019.