Opening: Larissa Sansour
Copenhagen Contemporary is pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition Heirloom by the Danish-Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour. On the occasion of the opening, there will be free admission, and CC will be serving a glass of wine when the exhibition opens.
The evening starts with an Art Talk, where you can experience the artist in conversation with curator Nat Muller. We will also present the book Larissa Sansour: Heirloom edited by Anthony Downey, which focuses on the research and preparations for the exhibition.
Afterwards, the director of CC, Marie Nipper and chair of the Project Support Committee for Visual Arts, Lisette Vind Ebbesen, will give their welcome speeches, before we open the doors to the exhibition and DJ’s Atusa and Angel Wei will create the soundtrack of the evening. Vinhanen will serve you at the bar.
We look forward to welcoming you!
17.00: Art Talk with Larissa Sansour and Nat Muller along with the book launch of Larissa Sansour: Heirloom
18.15: Welcome greeting by director of CC, Marie Nipper and chair of the Project Support Committee for Visual Arts, Lisette Vind Ebbesen
18.30: The exhibition opens & DJ’s Atusa and Angel Wei
21.00: Thank you for a great evening
The exhibition Heirloom presents Larissa Sansour’s science fiction film In Vitro and sculptural installation Monument for Lost Time. Both were made in collaboration with Søren Lind and presented for the first time in the Danish pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019. In addition to Heirloom, you can experience the triology A Space Exodus (2009), Nation Estate (2012) and In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain (2016), where Sansour likewise uses science fiction as a tool to depict the future as a consequence of contemporary issues.
In Vitro is staged in the town of Bethlehem in the not too distant future, where a massive eco-disaster has forced the inhabitants to seek exile in underground bunkers. The work centers around a dialogue between the dying founder of a subterranean orchard, Dunia, and her young successor, Alia. Together with a group of scientists they are preparing to recreate the world as it was before the disaster. Alia is born underground and has never seen the town she’s destined to replant and repopulate. Inherited trauma, exile and collective memory are central themes. The dialogue between the two scientists soon evolves into an intimate dialogue about memory, exile and nostalgia. Central to their discussion is the intricate relationship between past, present and future.
About Larissa Sansour
Larissa Sansour (b. 1973, Jerusalem) lives and works in London. She studied Fine Art in Copenhagen, London and New York. Sansour works interdisciplinary with film, photography installation and sculpturein works, hat are often based on a science fiction universe and treats current political and universal issues about identity and affiliation. Recent solo exhibitions include Dar El-Nimer in Beirut, Bluecoat in Liverpool, Chapter in Cardiff, New Art Exchange in nottingham and Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen.
About the book Larissa Sansour: Heirloom
On the evening, we will also launch Larissa Sansour: Heirloom (Sternberg Press, 2019). Edited by Anthony Downey, and containing an essay by Nat Muller alongside an interview with Lindsey Moore, this publication showcases the multidisciplinary forms of research that contributed to the development of Sansour’s latest project. For full details of the volume see here.