Month: December 2011

Musée de l’Elysée confirms Lacoste excluded artist from photography prize

Photographer Larissa Sansour was among eight artists shortlisted for the 2011 edition of the Lacoste Elysée Prize – until last week when, she says, she was asked to leave the shortlist as her work was too political. “Lacoste stated their refusal to support Sansour’s work, labelling it ‘too pro-Palestinian’,” reads a statement released by the artist. Sansour was selected for herNation Estate project, which “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.” Soren Lind, a friend of the artist, states the Museum had selected Sansour after seeing three of these images. “It was only last week that they called and said that unfortunately the work had been vetoed by someone at Lacoste,” he tells BJP. “We don’t know who, but we were told that it was a high-ranking person [at Lacoste].” Lind adds: “We enquired about the reasons, …


BJP Staff