Larissa Sansour and the Palestinian Ruins of the Future

Duggan, Robert orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-4013-9002 (2020) Larissa Sansour and the Palestinian Ruins of the Future. Journal for Cultural Research, 24 (1). pp. 69-83. ISSN 1479-7585

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This article considers how the work of artist Larissa Sansour in A Space Exodus (2009), Nation Estate (2012) and In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain (2016) represents a compelling series of oblique engagements with Palestine’s historical predicament through both comic and poignant deployment of science fiction’s enduring fascination with historicity and the ruins of the future. In tracing how her films situate their narratives in relation to famous examples of science fiction as well as the politics of archaeology and architecture, I am seeking to place Sansour’s complex play with temporality at the heart of both a key tradition in science fiction and the ongoing stasis that continues to beset Palestinians today.

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