Artist’s Rooms : Larissa Sansour

In Vitro


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. Commissioned by the Danish Arts Foundation for the 58th Venice Biennale. Co-produced by Spike Island and Art Jameel, this is the regional premiere of In Vitro, co-directed with Søren Lind, and featuring 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.

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.

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