In her exhibition Heirloom, Larissa Sansour takes us to a dystopic future where the Earth has undergone an ecological collapse. There, the human clone Alia addresses the trauma, life goals and dreams of previous generations. What stories do we take over from previous generations? How are our lives shaped by this heirloom?
The heart of the exhibition is the two-channel science fiction film In Vitro. After an environmental disaster, humans are forced to live underground and an abandoned nuclear reactor serves as an orchard. In the underground facility, the creator of the orchard is lying on her deathbed when her 30-year-old clone comes to visit her. The exhibition also includes an installation with a monumental sculpture, Monument for Lost Time.
Larissa Sansour (b.1973, Jerusalem) is a Danish-Palestinian artist and director who is based in London. Her films have been shown at film festivals and art museums all over the world. The Heirloom exhibition was selected and financed by The Danish Arts Foundation for the Danish pavilion at the Venice Biennale, where it was open to the public until November 2019.
With thanks to The Danish Arts Foundation