Larissa Sansour Screenings with Q&A

Join filmmaker and artist Larissa Sansour for a screening of her work, followed by a discussion with Peter Taylor, Director of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, addressing the concepts and approaches involved in her practice.

The tug and pull between fiction and reality is central to Sansour’s practice, which takes in a range of media including film, photography, graphic arts and architecture. Born in East Jerusalem, Sansour makes politicised interdisciplinary multimedia work, which often functions through an exploration of the forms and conventions of science fiction and the figure of the comic book superhero. Sansour believes that both forms have an inherent ability to communicate the most fundamental ambitions of people or a civilization in a way that is naturally inspired by, but never hampered or restricted by a non-fictional reality.

Sansour’s celebrated project NATION ESTATE, for example, presents a dystopian vision of the Palestinian state which exists in the form of a single skyscraper surrounded by a concrete wall, housing the entire Palestinian population. Theorising the relationship between politics and sci-fi in her work, she says: “In the case of Palestine, there is an eternal sense of forecasting statehood, independence and the end of occupation. The ambitious ideas that we hope to achieve have long since become so repetitive that the odd mix of nostalgia and accomplishment that the sci-fi genre often embodies lends it itself well to the topic. Ideas of the future tend to appear standard and clichéd at the same time as they come across as visionary.”

Films being screened include: 

  • SOUP OVER BETHLEHEM (2006), 9 min
  • SBARA (2008), 9 min
  • A SPACE EXODUS (2009), 5 min
  • FEAST OF THE INHABITANTS (2011), 15 min
  • NATION ESTATE (2012), 9 min

The discussion will be followed by a networking social, where you will have the chance to talk to Larissa and Peter on an informal one-to-one basis. 

When: Tuesday 07 April 2015. Doors 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start. Screening ends 8.30pm. Networking social to 9.30pm.

Where: Tyneside Cinema (Digital Lounge, 2nd floor), 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 6QG.

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Thanks to the support of our funders tickets are available on a fully refundable basis to those who attend the event. The deposit payment is £4 (inc fees), which will be refunded in full to attendees the day after the event. Registration closes at midday on Tuesday 7th April.

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About Larissa Sansour       

Larissa was born in 1973 in East Jerusalem and studied fine arts in London, New York and Copenhagen. Recent solo exhibitions include Turku Art Museum in Finland, Wolverhampton Art Gallery in the UK, Photographic Center in Copenhagen, Galerie Anne de Villepoix in Paris, Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai, Sabrina Amrani in Madrid and DEPO in Istanbul. Sansour’s work has featured in the biennials of Istanbul, Busan and Liverpool. She has exhibited at venues such as Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; LOOP, Seoul; Al Hoash, Jerusalem; Queen Sofia Museum, Madrid; Centre for Photography, Sydney; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Townhouse, Cairo; Maraya Arts Centre, Sharjah, UAE; Empty Quarter, Dubai; Galerie Nationale de Jeu de Paume, Paris; Iniva, London; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou , China; Louisiana Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark; House of World Cultures, Berlin, and MOCA, Hiroshima.

About Peter Taylor            

Peter is a film curator and the Director of the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. He has been working as a film programmer and researcher with IFFR since 2006 and has been a member of the festival’s short film selection committee since 2009. Alongside his work for IFFR, Peter has curated over 300 programmes and performances at WORM (Rotterdam) and served on the selection committee of the European Media Arts Festival (Osnabrück).

Recent curatorial work also includes film series for Piet Zwart Institute and DEAF Biennale 2014 (Rotterdam), and ‘Plastic Passion’ a programme for PLASTIK, Ireland’s inaugural festival for artists’ moving image.


Image: from Nation Estate, Larissa Sansour (2012)


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