Art installation Heirloom from Larissa Sansours
Larissa Sansour's poetic and sensual works have the political situation in Palestine as a backdrop and reflect on themes such as occupation and culture. Sansour's art addresses the implications of exile and inherited trauma on the individual's identity and collective memories, and touches on existential factors such as identity, heritage and future. The works thus appear with an appeal far beyond the geographical, political conflict the artist derives his motive origins from.
"Heirloom" (heritage) consists of the installations "Archeology in Absentia" and "And They Covered the Sky Until It Was Black", as well as the photo and video work "In Vitro", shown during the Venice Biennale 2019.
(from Latin, «in glass»). The term is used, among other things, in biology about something that takes place in a test tube, or just outside a living organism. Used here, it plays on the location of the main action; and concrete bunker. The bunker appears as a sterile limbus, but the purpose is to house an orchard for a future population where scientists have planted "heirloom seeds", collected in the last days before the disaster. These are meant to be planted out in the Palestinian landscape, whenever possible.
Split, exile and inheritance are bearing motive. The film was a commissioned work for the Danish pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2019. It was filmed in Great Britain and Palestine and directed in collaboration with Sansour's partner Søren Lind.
"Archeology in Absentia"
The sculptural installation Archeology in Absentia (Absent Archeology, 2017) consists of small ammunition capsules. In each capsule there is a plate with engraved coordinates that points to places in Palestine where hand-painted porcelain plates with folkloric patterns have been dug up. The installation also includes a series of photos.
The bomb capsules and the absence of porcelain refer to all the archeological objects that have disappeared from the region and to a cultural identity which, through the occupation, is about to weather.
"And They Covered the Sky Until It Was Black"
(And they covered the sky until it was dark. 1500 small spaceships, 2017) Sansour is interested in the dialectic between myth and history, and has explored the sci-fi genre and the role of archeology in nation building and national identity.
The "cloud" of spaceships is reminiscent of insects, and appears almost like a dark swarm of grasshoppers. Referring to the land plagues of the Old Testament, the installation becomes a futuristic doomsday vision with biblical undertones.
The work can be seen in the context of a physical occupation of territories, but also in a figurative sense as an invasion of an individual or a people's identity and freedom.
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- Last Updated: 10/15/2021
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