Statement on Larissa Sansour’s In the Future they Ate from the Finest Porcelain

A spokesperson for the Barbican said: 

“Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fictionaims to create a compelling and genre-defying journey through two centuries of science fiction, encapsulating everything from Soviet era sci-fi to Afro Futurism. It includes over 800 film clips, books, comics and artefacts from the last 200 years, from across all continents, and aims to show that artists, writers and illustrators from all over the world have used the science fiction perspective to depict potential futures, pasts and presents. 

“In the Future they Ate from the Finest Porcelain sits very firmly within this long history of the genre. Co-authored by Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour and Danish artist Soren Lind, it has been supported by Arts Council England and the Danish Arts Council (among many co-producers) and previously been exhibited widely, including at the New Art Exchange (Nottingham), the Bluecoat (Liverpool), the BFI (London) and extracts shown at the Whitechapel Gallery (London).

“This video installation is set in a non-specific time and place and uses a combination of science fiction and archival imagery that slips fluidly between unknown pasts, presents, and futures. The artists’ intention is that the symbolic visual language in the film speaks of history and tradition, yet it cannot be placed in any distinct or quantifiable time period. 

“The Barbican is an apolitical organisation and our aim is to give the best artists from around the world a platform to showcase their work. While apolitical, the Barbican does not shy away from presenting work that invites discussion and debate and that represents a range of different perspectives. However, all artists who appear in the Barbican’s programme are there as a result of their exceptional artistic work and our relationship with them does not imply sympathy with their personal views or those of anyone associated with them.”