Larissa Sansour – Palestinian artist censored

Larissa Sansour is an artist born in Jerusalem.  Sansour was among eight finalists shortlisted for the 2011 Lacoste Elysee Prize that is awarded by the Swiss Musee de l’Elysee with sponsorship from Lacoste.  Her contribution was Nation Estate, conceived during the Palestinian bid for UN membership, it depicts a science fiction-style Palestinian state in the form of a single skyscraper housing the entire Palestinian population. Inside this new Nation Estate, the residents have recreated their lost cities on separate floors: Jerusalem on 3, Ramallah on 4, Sansour’s own hometown of Bethlehem on 5, etc.”

This has proved to be “too pro-Palestinian” for Lacoste, and Larissa’s name has been withdrawn from the competition.  She was asked to sign a form stating that she “voluntarily withdrew”.

Demonstrations in support of Larissa took place in Paris, Lyon, Lille and Bordeaux, activists picketed stores, handed out flyers and told Christmas shoppers about Lacoste’s censorship, calling on them to boycott the company. Protestors held signs and prints of Sansour’s censored work and called out slogans condemning Lacoste’s “racism” against Palestinians.

Swiss Musee de l’Elysee has decided to cancel the prestigious event in support of Larissa and the principles of creative freedom and expression.

Thanks to Electronic Intifada

2 thoughts on “Larissa Sansour – Palestinian artist censored

  1. Thank God that Art is not being compromised in this way. The day that such actions are condoned by all is the day when everything the world has done for freedom of speech and expression have been pointless. Respect for Swiss Musee de L’Elsee for taking a stand. All of us from whatever walk of life can make a stand. Free Palestine and thanks to all the brothers and sisters that are making a stand for Justice and Humanity. Peace to you all.

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