Memory, trauma and identity in the images of Larissa Sansour
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An installation of rigorously composed monochromatic photos that speak of memory, trauma, identity and offer an interesting dialogue between reality and myth. This corpus of 15 images from the Palestinian-Danish artist Larissa Sansour is on display for the third exhibition of Sansour being held at the Lawrie Shabibi Gallery. They are conceptual images with a double point of view, which, at times, juxtapose the vision, sometimes mirror it or fuse it into a single point view alone. After, the title of the exhibition, is inspired by the film In Vitro, created by the artist and presented at the Danish Pavilion at the 58th Biennial of Venice. A story of science fiction that talks about the aftermath of an ecological disaster and the confrontation or, more accurately, the separation between two generations divided by a catastrophe. The memories of the older generation are, for the youth, merely a story of something they never even knew. A truly current theme, ecology, along with a political and symbolic background narrative, Bethlehem, which recalls the complexities of the situation in Palestine. Science fiction serves as the expressive choice offering greater freedom to explore the confusion between personal and collective memory.