Larissa Sansour is an artist working mainly with video, photography and installation art. She was born in East Jerusalem and studied Fine Art in Copenhagen, London and New York.
Her work combines dystopian stories of haunted memories, heritage and nostalgia. It offers new possibilities of storytelling when reality sometimes is more inconceivable than science fiction. “Political dialogue has indeed reached an impasse. It’s important to find a different way of addressing things because our vocabulary has reached its limits. We need to find different ways of talking about things” says Sansour in an interview for Studio International.
In A Space Exodus Sanssour acts as an astronaut on an intergalactic journey through the universe. “Jerusalem we have a problem” Sanssour in her film became the first Palestinian in space. She reenacts planting the flag on the moon and adapts Amstrong’s moon landing phrase and as a small step for a Palestinian, a giant leap for mankind”.
The piece references the music of Kubric’s 2001 Space Odyssey music with an Arab twist to create a thought-provoking, fun and strong video that questions what nationalism means for Palestinians. By being the first female Palestinian astronaut and claiming territory on the moon, Sanssour plants a flag to question the idea of land-owning as well as introducing the idea of self-determination.