The exhibition will include the new video piece In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain., 20-minute science fiction video essay, and series of photographs, depicting subtly manipulated scenes from Palestinian history which are then intermingled with newly shot footage of post-apocalyptic landscapes and sci-fi characters. A futuristic female protagonist narrates her journey into the past where she plants evidence that will launch a myth to support any future claims to the vanishing lands of her people.
This and other works in the exhibition are inspired by the politicised archaeology carried out in present day Israel/Palestine. In the absence of any real peace process, archaeology has become the latest battleground for settling land disputes. Unearthed history is used as arguments for rightful ownership of the land today. Sansour’s work presents myth masqueraded as truth, fiction as fact and artifice as evidence. It highlights the flimsy nature of these absolute concepts when hijacked for use as tools in the contemporary Palestine/Israel conflict.
Larissa Sansour (b. 1973) was born in Jerusalem and studied Fine Art in Copenhagen, London and New York. She has exhibited internationally, including at Tate Modern, London; Brooklyn Museum, NYC; Centre Pompidou, Paris. Sansour is represented by Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai, Sabrina Amrani in Madrid and Montoro12 Contemporary Art in Rome.