Alternate Realities: Arab Futurism—In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain Online
Available worldwide from November 27—December 11
London-based Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour works in several media, but in her films, she often uses the tropes of science fiction to reimagine her culture’s present and future. A Space Exodus, for instance, posits a Palestinian space program, while in Nation Estate, the population of Palestine is crammed into a single futuristic apartment building. In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain, the third film in the trilogy, is about a narrative resistance group that makes underground deposits of elaborate porcelain, suggested to belong to an entirely fictional civilization. Their aim is to influence history and to support future claims to their vanishing lands. Once unearthed, this tableware will prove the existence of this counterfeit people. By implementing a myth of its own, their work becomes a historical intervention—de facto creating a nation. (Dir.: Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind, United Kingdom/Denmark/Qatar, 2015, 29 min., Arabic with English subtitles)
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