Larissa Sansour

Larissa Sansour

Born in Jerusalem, Larissa Sansour studied Fine Art in Copenhagen, London and New York. Her work is interdisciplinary, immersed in the current political dialogue and utilises video art, photography, experimental documentary, the book form and the internet.


Sansour borrows heavily from the language of film and pop culture. By approximating the nature, reality and complexity of life in Palestine and the Middle East to visual forms normally associated with entertainment and televised pastime, her grandiose and often humorous schemes clash with the gravity expected from works commenting on the region. References and details ranging from sci-fi and spaghetti westerns to horror films converge with Middle East politics and social issues to create intricate parallel universes in which a new value system can be decoded.

Sansour's work features in galleries, museums, film festivals and several art publications. She participated in the Busan Biennial in Korea, the Third Guangzhou Triennial in China, Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris and PhotoCairo4 in Egypt. Her short film A Space Exodus was nominated in the Best Short category at the Dubai International Film Festival.

In 2009, she took part in the Istanbul Biennial. Same year, her graphic novelThe Novel of Nonel and Vovel - a collaboration with Oreet Ashery - first appeared in Venice Biennale bookshops during the summer and was later launched at Tate Modern, UK, and the Brooklyn Museum, USA.

Among the highlights of 2010 are solo shows in New York, Paris and Stockholm as well as the Liverpool Biennial.

Sansour is currently represented by Galerie La B.A.N.K in Paris. She lives and works in London.