Larissa Sansour, Nation Estate

Image: Promotion Image from Nation Estate, Larissa Sansour, 2012

Filmmaker Larissa Sansour was invited for a screening of her work followed by a discussion with Peter Taylor, Director of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, about the concepts and approaches behind her work and the cross over between art and film.

The tug and pull between fiction and reality is central to Larissa’s practice. She explores not only the sci-fi genre, but also the comic book superhero, feeling 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.

She uses sci-fi to allow for an almost nostalgic framing of the topic at hand. In the case of Palestine, there is an eternal sense of forecasting statehood, independence and the end of occupation. The ambitious ideas that people hope to achieve have long since become so repetitive that there is an odd mix of nostalgia and accomplishment that the sci-fi genre often embodies and lends it itself well to the topic

Films included in the screening: 

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

When: Tuesday 7th 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. 

About Larissa Sansour

Larissa was born in 1973 in East Jerusalem, Palestine, and studied fine arts in London, New York and Copenhagen. Her work is interdisciplinary, immersed in the current political dialogue and utilises film, photography, installation and sculpture.

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). Upcoming is ‘Plastic Passion’ a programme for PLASTIK, Ireland’s inaugural festival for artists’ moving image, taking place in February 2015.