The Public Outreach Program aims to promote Palestinian contemporary culture and life through creative encounters that target primarily the younger generation of artists and performers. It is a platform to showcase young talent in music, art, literature and cinema, as well as presenting a rich program of talks and performances about the city and its history, interpolated by an assortment of culinary activities involving local chefs and non-professional members of the community. Artists, writers, historians, musicians and performers are invited to give public performances including talks, discussions, readings, shows and film screenings with the aim to bring together community members and creative individuals in a shared space for experimentation, entertainment and free expression.

Nation Estate

Larissa Sansour

Nation Estate is a 9-minute sci-fi short film offering a clinically dystopian, yet humorous approach to the deadlock in the Middle East. 
With a mixture of computer generated imagery, live actors and arabesque electronica, the film explores a vertical solution to Palestinian statehood. In Sansour’s film, Palestinians have their state in the form of a single skyscraper: the Nation Estate. One colossal high-rise houses the entire Palestinian population – now finally living the high life.

Each city has its own floor: Jerusalem on the 13th floor, Ramallah on the 14th floor, Sansour’s city of Bethlehem on the 21st and so on. Intercity trips previously marred by checkpoints are now made by elevator. Aiming for a sense of belonging, the lobby of each floor reenacts iconic squares and landmarks.

The story follows the female lead, played by Sansour herself, in a futuristic folklore suit returning home from a trip abroad and making her way through the lobby of the monstrous building – sponsored and sanctioned by the international community. Having passed the security checks, she takes the elevator to the Bethlehem floor and crosses Manger Square and Church of the Nativity on her way to her apartment where she prepares a plate of sci-fi tabouleh.

In addition to the film, the Nation Estate project consists of 7 photos (60x120cm or 120x240cm) and a poster (100x150cm).

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Larissa Sansour was born in Jerusalem, and has studied Fine Art in Copenhagen, London, and New York. Her work is interdisciplinary and utilizes video, photography, installation, and sculpture. Sansour has exhibited in group and solo shows locally and internationally. She currently resides in London. More information can be found on her website