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Exhibition Launch: Larissa Sansour & Louisa Martin

  • Fri, 05 May 2017
  • 5.30 PM - 11.00 PM
  • Tickets: Free

Gallery open 5.30-9pm. Bar and Music 6-11pm. Free.

Be among the first to see our new exhibitions at our special launch event including speeches and drinks.

Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour returns to Bluecoat with In The Future, They Ate From The Finest Porcelain, a major solo exhibition of new work drawing on themes of science fiction, archaeology and politics. At its heart is a film combining live motion and computer generated imagery that explores the role of myth in history, fact and national identity. It depicts a resistance group from a fictional civilisation depositing elaborate porcelain underground, aiming to influence history and support future claims to their vanishing territories. Once unearthed, this tableware will prove the existence of this counterfeit people. By intervening in history in this way, they create both a myth and a nation.

The exhibition also features artefacts including the porcelain of the title, and a large-scale suspended sculptural installation based on miniature versions of the spaceships glimpsed in the film.

Also opening that evening is Louisa Martin: Proxy. This is a new installation of choreographed light and sound that induces a set of particular emotional and physiological states. Sharing Larissa Sansour’s interest in research and interdisciplinary practice, Martin’s work explores how external factors influence both internal experiences and our ideas about what it means to have a body. In Proxy, Martin sets out to rethink our understanding of the singular body, generating an environment in which experiences, sensations and reactions can potentially be transferred between people.

Image credit: Larissa Sansour, In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain, © Larissa Sansour. Video still.
Image Credit: Louisa Martin Technical Rehearsal for a Lossless Body, 2016, installation view, Cubitt Gallery, London 2016. Courtesy the artist.

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