Larissa Sansour produces work inspired by cult movies, television series and even cartoon strips, and as an artist is unafraid to plunder widely from popular culture. She mixes Spaghetti Westerns, science fiction and horror films with real life political events, related to the Palestinian situation or more generally the Middle East. By looking at a geopolitics over-burdened with conflicts, tensions and dramas, she fictionalizes situations in order to dismantle clichés or ethnic and social stereotypes. Working in video but also in installation, photography and books, she creates pieces imbued with a certain humour and with a critical aspect firmly entrenched in the contemporary sphere. Larissa Sansour also plays a curatorial role through video programming.
Born in Jerusalem in 1973, the artist studied Fine Arts at Copenhagen (Denmark), London (England) and New York (United States).
Since the year 2000, Larissa Sansour has shown her work all over the world. She has exhibited at some major museums such as the Tate Modern in London, the Jeu de Paume gallery and at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris and also the Arken Museum in Denmark. She has taken part in some important international events: the Ganzhou Triennial in China, the Busan Biennial in Coree, the Istanbul Biennial in Turkey, the Liverpool Biennial in Great Britain and also the International Film Festival in Dubai, where her video A Space Exodus (2009) was nominated for an award. In 2009, she published a comic entitled The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, produced in collaboration with Oreet Ashery, for the Venice Biennale.