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‘ARABFUTURISM: Larissa Sansour - In Vitro, Nation Estate & A Space Exodus’

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Born in East Jerusalem, Larissa Sansour studied Fine Art in Copenhagen, London and New York. She represents Denmark during the 58th Venice Biennale. Recent solo exhibitions include Dar El-Nimer in Beirut, Bluecoat in Liverpool, Chapter in Cardiff, New Art Exchange in Nottingham and Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen. She lives and works in London. Sansour is represented by Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai and Montoro 12 Contemporary Art in Rome and Brussels.


In Vitro

2019, film, 2 channels, 28 ‘, with Soren Lind

In an underground compound built in the aftermath of an eco-disaster, two scientists discuss the effects of memory, trauma, exile and nostalgia while preparing to replant the soil above.


Nation Estate

2012, film, 9’

The Nation Estate project consists of a 9-minute sci-fi short film and a photo series offering a clinically dystopian, yet humorous approach to the deadlock in the Middle East. With its glossy mixture of computer-generated imagery, live actors and an arabesque electronica soundtrack, the Nation Estate film explores a ‘vertical solution’ – a skyscraper – to Palestinian statehood.


A Space Exodus

2009, video, 5’ 24’’

A Space Exodus quirkily sets up an adapted stretch of Stanley Kubrick’s A Space Odyssey in a Middle Eastern political context. The recognisable music scores of the 1968 science fiction film are changed to arabesque chords matching the surreal visuals of Sansour’s film.

Followed by a Q&A by Larissa Sansour and Nat Muller.



Practical information


  • Arabic
  • Subtitles: English

In Vitro

(DK/PS, 2019, 28‘, DCP)


Nation Estate

(DK, 2012, 9’, DCP)


A Space Exodus

(DK/PS, 2009, 5’ 24’’, DCP)