Creating fantasy scapes that blur the lines between reality and imagination, Israeli artist Larissa Sansour invites the viewer of her work into scintillating realms that are both futuristic and, at times, post-apocalyptic in their view of what lies ahead.
Inspired in part by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Sansour uses the space of her art to examine what it means to be uprooted or displaced into a foreign or unfamiliar land. As the viewer of her work examines each scene, this sense becomes overwhelming to the point that it is as if the viewer is navigating a dreamscape that is all too close to reality.
Born in Jerusalem in 1973, Sansour achieved her artistic training in the various centers of New York, London, and Copenhagen. She has enjoyed numerous showcases of her work around the globe. Recent solo shows include those at the Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture, Beirut; Bluecoat, Liverpool, United Kingdom; Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark; and Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai. Her art is also included in the permanent catalogue of many notable collections, including the Imperial War Museum, UK; the Louis Vuitton Collection, France, the Carlsberg Foundation, Denmark; and the Barjeel Foundation, United Arab Emirates.