Larissa Sansour’s film In Vitro (2019) is an Arabic-language sci-fi film, set in the biblical town of Bethlehem during the aftermath of an eco-disaster. The film presents an otherworldly reflection on memory, history, place and identity, with the locale of the film providing a narratively, politically and symbolically charged backdrop. This is the Middle Eastern premiere of In Vitro, which was co-directed with Søren Lind and features internationally renowned actors Hiam Abbass and Maisa Abd Elhadi.
Drawn largely from the Art Jameel Collection, Artist’s Rooms is a series of solo exhibitions by influential, innovative artists, with particular focus on practitioners from the Middle East, Asia and Africa. These capsule shows are collaborative and curated in dialogue with the artist. Summer 2020 features rooms by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Taysir Batniji and Larissa Sansour in galleries 1, 2 and 3.
In Vitro was commissioned by the Danish Arts Foundation in association with Art Jameel, AM Qattan Foundation, Barjeel Art Foundation, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, 15. Juni Fonden, Otto Mønsteds Fond, Knud Højgaards Fond, The Obel Family Foundation and Beckett-Fonden for the Danish Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 2019. Produced by Spike Island.
About Larissa Sansour
Larissa Sansour (born 1973, East Jerusalem, Palestine) studied fine arts in London, New York and Copenhagen. In her recent works, she uses science fiction to address social and political issues. Working mainly with film, Sansour also produces installations, photos and sculptures.
In 2019, Sansour represented Denmark at the 58th Venice Biennial. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Tate Modern, London (2019); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018); Barbican, London (2017); Yinchuan MOCA, (2016); and MoMA, New York (2015). Recent solo exhibitions include Copenhagen Contemporary (2020); Nikolaj Kunstha, Copenhagen (2016); Dar El-Nimer, Beirut (2018); Bluecoat, Liverpool (2017); Chapter, Cardiff (2017); New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2016); and Turku Art Museum, Finland (2013). Her work has been part of the biennials in Istanbul, Liverpool, Incheon, Busan and Santa Cruz de la Sierra.Sansour is an alumni of Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network. Her films have been shown at the international film festivals in Berlin, Rotterdam, Guanajuato, Bucharest, London and Locarno.Larissa Sansour is represented by Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai.
Each Artist’s Room is accompanied by a monograph, published by Art Jameel and available from the Art Jameel Shop.
To mark the closing of Artist’s Rooms, join a special tour by Nadine El Khoury, Jameel Arts Centre’s Curatorial Assistant and exhibiting artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan. Spread across three galleries, Artist’s Rooms brings together works by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Taysir Batniji and Larissa Sansour.
Bookings are required as slots will be reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis. The tour is free and open to all with limited capacity. Book your visit here.
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