Larissa Sansour


Born 1973 in East Jerusalem, Palestine.
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

Larissa Sansour studied fine arts in London, New York and Copenhagen. In her recent works, she uses science fiction to address social and political issues. Working mainly with film, Sansour also produces installations, photos and sculptures. 

In 2019, Sansour represented Denmark at the 58th Venice Biennial. She has shown her work at Tate Modern, MoMA, Centre Pompidou, Barbican and Yinchuan MOCA. Recent solo exhibitions include Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, KINDL in Berlin, Copenhagen Contemporary in Copenhagen, Bluecoat in Liverpool and Dar El-Nimer in Beirut. Her work has been part of the biennials in Istanbul, Liverpool, Incheon, Busan and Santa Cruz de la Sierra. 

Sansour is an alumni of Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network. Her films have been shown at the international film festivals in Berlin, Rotterdam, Guanajuato, Bucharest, London and Locarno. She has received several awards for her films. Sansour currently lives and works in London, UK. 

Selected Works

Biography / CV

Born 1973 in East Jerusalem, Palestine.

Lives and works in London, United Kingdom.



2000 – MA in Fine Art, New York University, New York, USA

1999 – Visiting student, The Royal Art Academy, Copenhagen, Denmark

1995 – BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, USA




Familiar Phantoms, 42’, with Soren Lind


As If No Misfortune Had Occurred in the Night, 21’, with Soren Lind


In Vitro, 28’, with Soren Lind


In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain, 29’, with Soren Lind


Nation Estate, 9’ 02’’

Feast of the Inhabitants, 15’


Trespass the Salt, 10’, with Youmna Chlala

Falafel Road, 60’, with Oreet Ashery


A Space Exodus, 5’ 24’’ 


SBARA, 8’ 30’’, short film


Soup Over Bethlehem, 9’ 30’’


Happy Days, 2’ 30’’


Bethlehem Bandolero, 5’ 12’’




Tomorrow’s Ghosts, Kunsten, Aalborg, Denmark

Familiar Phantoms, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom

As If No Misfortune Had Occurred in the Night, KINDL, Berlin, Germany


Larissa Sansour, Gifu Museum of Contemporary Art, Gifu, Japan

Larissa Sansour, Art Exchange, Essex, United Kingdom

2021 Larissa Sansour, KinoKino, Norway

2020 Heirloom, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden 

In Vitro, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, UAE

In Vitro, EMST, Athens, Greece 


58th Venice Biennial, Danish Pavilion, Venice, Italy

Heirloom, Copenhagen Contemporary, Denmark

After, Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai, UAE

After, Montoro 12, Brussels, Belgium


Sci-fi Trilogy, Dar El-Nimer, Beirut, Lebanon


In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain, Bluecoat, Liverpool, United Kingdom

In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom


In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark

In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, United Kingdom

In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain, Mosaic Rooms, London, United Kingdom




Self-Determination – A Global Perspective, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland


Here After, B7L9, Tunis, Tunesia


Fossilized Sunshine, VAC, Canada


Trembling Landscapes, EYE, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Invented History, KINDL, Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin, Germany

Fabulous Images. When Fiction Takes Root, Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada


A Stitch in Time, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Flight Interrupted: Eco-leaks from the Invasion Desk, Karachi Biennale, Karachi, Pakistan

4. Berliner Herbstsalon, DE-Heimatize It!, Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin, Germany

Cosmological Arrows, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

Silent Narratives, Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan (MOCA Yinchuan), Yinchuan, China

The Moon, National Maritime Museum, London, United Kingdom

Moonlight, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden

Somewhere In between, Boras Kunstmuseum, Boras, Sweden

Climbing Through the Tide, Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis, Tunisia

The New Human Agenda, Akbank Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey

Intimate Terrains, The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine

Do Secret Services Dream of a Museum?, Tito Bunker, Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina


MAC International 2018, MAC, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

6th International Canakkale Biennial, Cannakale, Turkey

Cities, Mucem, Marseille, France

Cosmopolis 1.5: Enlarged Intelligence, Chengdu, China

Subcontracted Nations, Qattan Foundation, Ramallah, Palestine

Waste Lands, Casa Arabe, Cordoba, Spain

Resist, Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Brussels, Belgium

Into the Unknown, Brandts Museum, Odense, Denmark

The State is Not a Work of Art, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia


On Desire, B3 Biennial of the Moving Image, Frankfurt, Germany

Refaire Surface, Suspended spaces, Les Moulins Albigeois, Albi, France

True Politics, Schaubuhne Lindenfels, Leipzig, Germany

Diaspora Now! Gifu Museum, Seki City, Gifu, Japan

Wastelands, Museo San Telmo, St Sebastian, Spain

Into the Unknown, Barbican, London, United Kingdom

Avesta Art 2017, Verket, Avesta, Sweden

Kino der Kunst 2017, Munich, Germany

2016 Social Calligraphies, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

Ingrediens-er, Varbergs Konsthall, Varberg, Sweden

Yinchuan Biennale, For an Image Faster than Light, Yinchuan, China

The Blue Hour, Centro de la Cultura Plurinacional Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

Transart Triennale Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Dans la Lune, le Bel Ordinaire, Billére, France



Danish Arts Foundation’s Three Year Work Grant (2021)

Joint winner of the Jarman Award (2020)



Heirloom, Larissa Sansour, Edited by Anthony Downey, Sternberg Press, 2019

The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, Larissa Sansour and Oreet Ashery, Charta, 2009