Larissa Sansour

Larissa Sansour was born in East Jerusalem and studied fine arts in London, New York and Copenhagen. Her work is interdisciplinary, immersed in the current political dialogue and utilises video, photography, installation, the book form and the internet.

The dichotomy of belonging to and being removed from the very same piece of land is central to Sansour’s work. She often resorts to fictionalised spaceto address current political realities. By approximating the nature, reality and complexity of life in Palestine and the Middle East to visual forms normally associated with entertainment, her grandiose and often humorous schemes clash with the gravity expected from works commenting on the region.

References and details ranging from sci-fi and superheroes to spaghetti westerns and horror films converge with Middle East politics and social issues to create intricate parallel universes in which a new value system can be decoded.

Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Anne de Villepoix in Paris, Photographic Center in Copenhagen, Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Depo in Istanbul and Jack the Pelican in New York.

Her work has featured in the biennials of Istanbul, Busan and Liverpool. She has exhibited at venues such as Tate Modern, London; Brooklyn Museum, NYC; Centre Pompidou, Paris; LOOP, Seoul; Al Hoash, Jerusalem; Queen Sofia Museum, Madrid; Louisiana Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark; House of World Cultures, Berlin, and MOCA, Hiroshima.

CV - Larissa Sansour


2000  MA in Fine Art, New York University, New York, USA.
1999  Visiting student, The Royal Art Academy, Copenhagen, Denmark.
1998  Art History and Criticism. University of Baltimore, Maryland County, USA.
1995  BFA. Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
1992  Concentration in Figurative Art, Byam Shaw, London, UK.

Solo shows (selected)

2017     In the future they ate from the finest porcelain. The Bluecoat. Liverpool, UK.

2017     In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain, screening, The Hospital Club.

2016     In the future they ate from the finest porcelain. Nikolaj Kunsthal. Copenhagen, Denmark.

2016     In the future they ate from the finest porcelain. Maraya Art Centre. Sharjah, UAE.

2016     In the future they ate from the finest porcelain. Mosaic Rooms. London, UK.

2016     Nation Estate. Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Salt Lake City, USA.

2016     In the future they ate from the finest porcelain. Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain.

2016     In the future they ate from the finest porcelain. New Art Exchange. Nottingham, UK.

2015     My Nation Estate. Montoro12 Gallery. Rome, Italy.

2015     Nation Estate. Al Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art. Jerusalem, Palestine.
2014     Nation Estate, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK.

2014     Larissa Sansour, Gallery Dock, Bratislava, Slovakia.

2013     A Moon Without a People, Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid, Spain.

2013     Science Faction, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai, UAE.

2013     Nation Estate, Turku Art Museum, Turku, Finland.

2012     Nation Estate, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France.

2012     Living the High Life, Centre of Photography, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2011     Falafel Road, Depo, Istanbul, Turkey.

2010     A Space Exodus, Jack the Pelican, Brooklyn, New York, USA.

2010     Intergalactic Palestine, La B.A.N.K, Paris, France.

2010     Larissa Sansour – Ex-terrestrial, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden.

2007     Sbara, Art Space Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK.

2007     Hip Hip Today, Skagen Museum, Skagen, Denmark.

Group shows (selected)


2017     Science Fiction: A Journey into the Unknown. Onassis Cultural Centre. Athina, Grece.

2017     Beatutiful Stranger. Bovenverdieping Museum De Wieger. Deurne, Holland.

2017     Video Box Festival, Paris, France.

2017     Kino Der Kunst, Munich, Germany.

2017     Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival.

2017     Spotlight, Imagine Science Film Festival Abu Dhabi.

2017     Into the Unknown: A journey through science fiction. Barbican Centre. London, UK.

2017     Waste lands. Museo San Telmo. San Sebastián, Spain.

2016     Feminart II. Espacio Turina. Sevilla, Spain.

2016     Social Calligraphies: East-West. Zachęta National Gallery of Art. Warsaw, Poland.

2016     After the last sky. Ballhaus Naunynstrasse. Berlin, Germany.

2016     For an image, faster tan light. Yinchuan Biennale. Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan. Yinchuan, China.

2016     This sea is mine. Qalandiya International. Palestine.

2016     Technologies of Violence. Centro de Art Santa Mónica. Barcelona, Spain.

2016     Homeground Conteporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation. Maraya Art Centre. Sharajah, UAE.

2016     Ingrediens –er. Konsthallen/Hamnmagasinet. Varberg, Sweden.

2016     Ideologue. Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. Salt Lake City, USA.

2016     Cut with the Kitchen Knife through the Raw Future of 100 Years Before. Spatiu Intact. Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

2016     Waste Lands. Es Baluard. Mallorca, Spain.

2016     In the furure they ate from the finest porcelain. Berlinale (Akademie der Künste). Berlin, Germany.

2016     Dessine-mol la Palestine. Imstitut du Monde Arabe. Paris, France.

2016     Ideologue. Utha Museum of Contemporary Art. Salt Lake City, USA.

2015      Home ground. Aga Khan Museum. Toronto, Canada.
2015     Feminisarte III. Centro Centro. Madrid, Spain.

2015     Phase Space. Kings ARI. Melbourne, Australia.

2015     Videorama. Werkleitz, Halle. Germany.

2015     Space Between Our Fingers. Ashkal Alwan. Beirut, Lebanon.

2015     Culture of peace. Lajevardi Collection. Tehran, Iran.

2015     Territory of Disused Body. Darb 1718. Cairo, Egypt.

2015     La terre nous est étroite. Le 19. Montbéliard, France.
2014     Science Fiction: New Death, FACT, Liverpool, UK.

2014     5th Orient Art Express, Oujda, Morocco.

2014     The Public Domain, Delfina Foundation, London, UK.

2014     The Moving Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.

2014     Displacement, City of Women, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

2014     Simple Past, Present Futures, 104, Paris, France.

2014     The Sensory War: 1914-2014, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK.

2014     Future/Past, Reverse Gallery, Williamsburg, NYC, USA.

2014     How Green Was My Valley, White Box, NYC, USA.

2014     TIME::CODE, White Box, NYC, USA.

2013     Le Noir et le Bleu; MuCEM, Marseille, France.

2013     The Shadows Took Shape, Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, USA.

2013     An I for an Eye, Austrian Cultural Forum, NYC, USA.

2013     Beyond the Cloth, White Box, NYC, USA.

2013     Palestine, Contemporary Arts Centre of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.

2013     Horizon 4, Cultural Centre Bruges, Bruges, Belgium.

2013     I exist (in some way), The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK.

2012     Come Together, Edge of Arabia, Old Truman Brewery, London, UK.

2012     Alienation, Maraya Arts Centre, Sharjah, UAE.

2012     I’m Not There, CIC/Townhouse, Cairo, Egypt.

2012     Beyond the Last Sky, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia.

2012     Cultural Olympiad, London, UK.

2012     Subversion, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK.

2012     Women on the Verge, The Empty Quarter, Dubai, UAE.

2012     Somehow, somewhat in the middle of things, LhGWR, The Hague, Netherlands

2011     LIVING, Louisiana Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark.

2011     Incheon Women Artists’ Biennial, South Korea.

2011     A Window to the World, Hiroshima MOCA, Hiroshima, Japan.

2011     The Changing Room: Arab Reflections on Praxis and Times, Spazio Qubi, Torino, Italy.

2011     It’s All True, Morono Kiang Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.

2011     What Is Contemporary Art?, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark.

2011     Brief Histories, American University of Sharjah, UAE.

2011     Art Paris, section curated by Hervé Mikaeloff, Paris, France.

2011     Videonale, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany.

2011     April Ful’s Night, Oakland Museum of California, USA.

2011     CologneOFF, City Art Gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

2010     The Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK.

2010     The Land Between Us, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK.

2010     Public Discourse Sphere, LOOP, Seoul, South Korea.

2010     The 2nd Antakya Biennial, Antakya, Turkey.

2010     Borderlines, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE.

2010     Une vidéothèque éphémère, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France.

2010     Die Obskuren Objekte Meiner Begierde, Ernst Hilger Gallery, Vienna, Austria.

2010     CAVE, Contemporary Arab Video Encounter, Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, UAE.

2010     Unpossessing Femininity, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria.

2010     Rage and Resistance, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany.

2010     No More Bad Girls? International Contemporary Art Foundation, Bergen, Norway.

2010     Theatre of Peace, NGBK, Berlin, Germany.

2010     Progress Report, Iniva, London, UK.

2010     Fall Out, Gl. Holtegaard, Holte, Denmark.

2010     Fall Out, Malmoe Konsthall, Malmoe, Sweden.

2009     What Keeps Mankind Alive, 11th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey.

2009     Palestine: La Création dans tous ses états, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France.

2009     Paris Photo, Carousel du Louvre, Paris, France.

2009     Earth and Above, Mejan Labs, Stockholm, Sweden.

2009     Palestine, La Création dans tous ses états, National Museum of Bahrain, Bahrain.

2009     The Other Shadow of the City, Al Hoash, Jerusalem, Palestine.

2009     The Other Shadow of the City, The National Museum, Damascus, Syria.

2009     Synoptic Audiovisual Art Meeting, Hattyuhaz Gallery, Pecs, Hungary.

2009     The ART Park, Bidoun in collaboration with Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE.

2009     transmediale. 09, Haus Der Kulteren Der Welt, Berlin, Germany.

2009     New Entries, PhotoCairo, Brandts Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark.

2008     PhotoCairo 4, Cairo, Egypt.

2008     Farewell to Post-Colonialism, The Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China.

2008     Sea Art, Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea.

2008     Expose, In/Scene, Al Hoash Gallery, Jerusalem, Palestine.

2008     Within the Region, The 3rd Biennale of Contemporary Arts, Seville, Spain.

2008     Intimate Narratives, MASARAT, Les Halles, Brussels, Belgium.

2008     Culture Capital Exhibition, MMCA, Algiers, Algeria.

2008     My Favorite Pastime, WL Project, Blue Lotus Gallery, Hong Kong.

2008     Darat Al Funoun, Amman, Jordan.

2008     Preoccupation, Biennale of Contemporary Art, Nîmes, France.

2008     Rencontres Internationales, The National Museum of Queen Sofia, Madrid, Spain.

2008     File Rio 2008, Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2008     FIGUR, Lauritz Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2008     The Skagen Painters – In a New Light, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark.

2008     Sbara, Al Hoash Gallery, East Jerusalem, Palestine.

2008     Repressive Tolerance 4 Ever, The Backyard Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2007     In Focus, Tate Modern, London, UK.

2007     Scope Miami, Miami, Florida, USA.

2007     Land Grab, APEXART, New York City, USA.

2007     Paranoia, Freud Museum, London, UK.

2007     Reality Check, FACT, Liverpool, UK.

2007     The Jerusalem Show, Al-Ma’mal, Jerusalem, Palestine.

2007     Tales of Reality And Beyond, LARMgalleri, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2007     FILE-2007, SESI Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2007     Not on Satellite, The National Museum of Queen Sofia, Madrid, Spain.

2007     Multiple Voices/Other Ways, VIDEOFORMES 07, Paris, France.

2007     Hip Hip Today. Skagens Museum, Skagen, Denmark.

2007     Secrets. The Diary Center for the Arts, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

2007     Coding:Decoding. Stiftelsen 3,14. Bergen, Norway.

2007     ://selgprortrait a – show for Bethlehem. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario (MACRo), Rosario, Argentina.

2007     Paranoia. Freud Museum. London, UK.

2006     Paranoia – Southend Central Library, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK.

2006     Charlottenborg Efterarsudstilling 2006 – Charlottenburg udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2006     ://selfportrait-a show for Bethlehem - OFFicyna Art Space, Szczecin, Poland.

2006     Coding:Decoding – Kunsthallen Nikolai, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2006     Coding:Decoding – Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark.

2006     Paranoia – Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK.

2005     Art in the Age of New Technologies – Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art – ECCEA, Yerevan, Armenia.

2005     RE-ACT – Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2002     Foraarsudstillingen 2002 – Charlottenburg udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark.



Best International Experimental Short Film. Guanajuato, Mexico.
MADATAC First Prize. Madrid, Spain.


2015     In the future they ate from the finest porcelain. One Channel Video.

2012     Nation Estate, 9’ 04’’, sci-fi, Beofilm/Redeye Film.

2012     Feast of the Inhabitants, 15’, short film.

2011     Trespass the Salt, 10’, 3-screen experimental documentary, with Youmna Chlala.

2011     Falafel Road, 60’, experimental documentary, with Oreet Ashery.

2009     A Space Exodus, 5’ 24’’, sci-fi, Beofilm.

2008     SBARA, 8’30’’, short film.

2008     Run Lara Run, 2’, short film.

2007     Soup Over Bethlehem, 9’30’’, experimental documentary.

2006     Happy Days, 2’ 30’’, short film.

2005     Bethlehem Bandolero, 5’ 12’’, short film.

Collections (selected)

Nadour Collection, France.

Louis Vuitton Collection, France.

Carlsberg Foundation, Denmark.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark.

N.B.K., Germany.

Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE.

Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE.

Imperial War Museum, UK.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery