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Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind

Familiar Phantoms

Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind
Familiar Phantoms

The premiere of a major new film by artists and long-time collaborators Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind, jointly commissioned by the Whitworth and Film and Video Umbrella with support from the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Sansour’s most personal film to date, Familiar Phantoms draws on the artist’s family history in Russia and Palestine to give an intimate insight into how personal identity is shaped by geo-political events and how the experiences of our ancestors imprint themselves on our lives. The film weaves together private archives, Super 8 footage, photography, and re-enacted family recollections, with key scenes set in an abandoned mansion that serves as the seat of memory. The film is a new acquisition to the Whitworth’s collection as part of the Art Fund’s Moving Image Award.

Larissa Sansour was born in 1973 in East Jerusalem, Palestine. In 2019, she represented Denmark at the 58th Venice Biennial and in 2020 she was the recipient of the prestigious Jarman Award. Her work has been shown at Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, and MoMA.

Søren Lind was born in 1970 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He’s a visual artist, author, and screenwriter. His work has been shown at the 58th Venice Biennial, Copenhagen Contemporary, and the Berlinale.

Co-commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and the Whitworth, The University of Manchester in association with the Irish Museum of Modern Art with Art Fund support through the Moving Image Fund for Museums. Supported by Arts Council England, Danish Arts Foundation, and Knud Højgaards Fond.

2 March – 21 May 2023

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Image: Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind, Familiar Phantoms (film still), 2022
Film Still. Courtesy of the artist