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Larissa Sansour

Palestinian, b. 1973

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Larissa Sansour

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Palestinian, b. 1973

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Jerusalem-born, London-based Larissa Sansour makes videos and photographs fusing pop-cultural aesthetics with issues surrounding Palestinian identity and Israeli occupation. In response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and unsuccessful attempts at peace, she addresses displacement by creating fictional spaces for Palestinians to settle. In one video, A Space Exodus (2009), she reinvents herself as a “Palestinaut,” who travels to the moon to claim the nationless site for her own country. Her pursuit is heroic but ultimately elusive: when she finally reaches the moon, her contact with Palestine is cut off. In her “Nation Estate” (2012) series, Sansour conceptualizes an immense high-rise as a new home for her people. In each digitally manipulated photograph in this series, she places herself on a different floor of the edifice. We see her travel from the main lobby, to the Dead Sea, to Gaza, all in the space of a single building.

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The Studio Museum in Harlem
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Biography

Jerusalem-born, London-based Larissa Sansour makes videos and photographs fusing pop-cultural aesthetics with issues surrounding Palestinian identity and Israeli occupation. In response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and unsuccessful attempts at peace, she addresses displacement by creating fictional spaces for Palestinians to settle. In one video, A Space Exodus (2009), she reinvents herself as a “Palestinaut,” who travels to the moon to claim the nationless site for her own country. Her pursuit is heroic but ultimately elusive: when she finally reaches the moon, her contact with Palestine is cut off. In her “Nation Estate” (2012) series, Sansour conceptualizes an immense high-rise as a new home for her people. In each digitally manipulated photograph in this series, she places herself on a different floor of the edifice. We see her travel from the main lobby, to the Dead Sea, to Gaza, all in the space of a single building.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
ArtReview, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Istanbul Biennial, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Larissa Sansour
17 Artists Share the Films That Influenced Them
Aug 24th, 2017
17 Artists Share the Films That Influenced Them
Larissa Sansour’s Controversial, Pro-Palestinian Installation Goes Back on View
Jun 1st, 2015
Larissa Sansour’s Controversial, Pro-Palestinian Installation Goes Back on View
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