Montoro12 Gallery is proud to present After, Larissa Sansour’s (b. 1973 East Jerusalem), first solo show in Brussels. After features a new body of work consisting of black and white photographs related to her celebrated video In Vitro, currently showing in the Danish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale as part of her solo exhibition “Heirloom” curated by Nat Muller.
In Vitro, co-directed with Søren Lind, is set in a post-apocalyptic bunker underneath the city of Bethlehem, where Dunia, the survivor of an ecological disaster and founder of an underground orchard, and her successor Alia, cloned in the bunker of DNA salvaged from dying children after the disaster, discuss the past and the future. Identity, inherited trauma, nostalgia and exile are some of the universal themes covered in this thought-provoking and visually stunning 2 channel video shot in black and white. Equally stunning are the film stills exhibited for the first time at Montoro12 Gallery Brussels. Some are direct stills from the video, diptychs that, like in the film, present either a continuous image or a “screenshot” made up of two different images. Others are composed of single images or newly combined triptychs. The photographs include both apocalyptic disaster scenes, such as the city of Bethlehem in flames, or black fluid invading a street or a church in Bethlehem, and post-apocalyptic scenes such as the eerie image of a nun wearing an anti-gas mask on an idyllic street. Beautiful landscapes, an olive harvest or a girl playing on the floor made of tiles from the city of Nablus (tiles that are also part of the exhibition in the Danish Pavilion of the Venice Biennale) allude to the “good old times” preserved in individual and collective memory. In other works the viewer can see idyllic still lives or dear abandoned objects oblivious of the impending disaster.
In her new project After, Larissa Sansour brilliantly combines myth and history, science fiction and new research, nostalgia and a visionary impulse.
Larissa Sansour was born in 1973 in East Jerusalem. She studied Fine Art in Copenhagen, London and New York. Her work is interdisciplinary and uses film, photography, installation and sculpture. Sansour has had several major international solo shows. Most recently she presented Heirloom, an exhibition curated by Nat Muller for the Danish Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale. Previously, her Sci-Fi Trilogy has been shown at Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture. Her work In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain has been exhibited in Liverpool, Rome, Cardiff, Copenhagen, Nottingham, Dubai, Madrid and London, while her Nation Estate show has been presented in Rome, Jerusalem, Copenhagen, Wolverhampton, Turku and Paris. She has won numerous awards for her films. Her works are part of notable collections including the Wolverhampton Gallery, UK; the Imperial War Museum, UK; Louis Vuitton Collection, France, the Carlsberg Foundation, Denmark; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark; N.B.K., Germany; Nadour, Germany; Salsali Private Museum, UAE and the Barjeel Foundation, UAE. Larissa Sansour lives and works in London.
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