In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain
Larissa SANSOUR, Søren LIND Palestine, United Kingdom, Denmark, Qatar 29 mins PG Southeast Asian Premiere
Undercurrent – Double Bill
This film will be screened together with Quarries
A resistance group buries porcelain to support future claims to their vanishing lands in this futuristic take on archaeology as historical intervention.
A woman calling herself a ‘narrative terrorist’ leads a resistance group in an apocalyptic future. To change the course of history, they deposit porcelain deep underground so that archaeologists of the future will confirm their existence, and support their descendants’ claims to these lands against a colonising power.
The film’s juxtaposition of science fiction, archaeology and politics suggests that visions of the future and accounts of the past are inseparable and continually transform each other through a process of myth-making. Alongside physical territories, material culture can likewise be instrumentalised in zones of conflict. In these battlegrounds, the radical creativity of fiction becomes a strategy of resistance.
Larissa SANSOUR is an artist whose speculative videos, installations and photography reflect and refract political conditions in the Arab world. She has exhibited extensively in Europe, and represented Denmark in the 2019 Venice Biennale.
Søren LIND is a scriptwriter and author of literary fiction and children’s books. He frequently collaborates with Larissa Sansour on her art projects.
Key points to note
The total programme rating for DOUBLE BILL- In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain + Quarries, is PG.