Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
Born in Beirut, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige have worked together as both artists and filmmakers, shooting fictions films and documentaries. For the last 15 years, they have focused on the images, memory and history of their country, Lebanon, its wars, its conflicts, its political battles. As photographers, video and film-makers, they have presented their works in exhibitions, collections of images and films. They re-appropriate political documentation, archives, landscapes, symbolic sites to create critical images by adapting them, by making their deterioration felt and by stressing the effects of time and memory as both very personal and collective.
Hadjithomas and Joreige have created numerous photographic and video installations. Their artwork has been shown in many museums, biennales and art centers around the world. Selected solo exhibitions include Two suns in a sunset / Se souvenir de la Lumière, IVAM, Valencia, Spain (2017); Still in need to Apologize..., Tranzitdisplay, Prague, Czech Republic (2017); Souvenir de la Lumiere, Musée national Pablo Picasso, La Guerre et la Paix, Vallauris, France (2017); Two Suns in a Sunset Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2016); I must first apologize..., MIT LIST VISUAL ART CENTER, Boston, United States (2016); Se souvenir de la lumière / Two Suns in a Sunset, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France (2016);Two Suns in a Sunset, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE (2016); I must first apologise, HOME, Manchester, UK (2015); I must first apologise, Villa Arson, Nice, France (2014); Adelaide Internationale 2014: Worlds in collision, Contemporary Art Center of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia (2014); Khiam, l’emploi du temps, 3bisf, Aix en Provence, France (2013); The Lebanese Rocket Society, A Tribute to Dreamers (Parts II, III, IV and V), CRG Gallery, New York, USA (2013); Aida, Save Me, Inivia, London, UK (2012); I want to See, Gasworks, Triangle Arts Trust, London (2010).
They have also been included in prominent group exhibitions including Prix Marcel Duchamp 2017 - On The Podium (Nominees exhibition), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2017); The Haunted House, National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia (2017); Home Beirut. Sounding Neighbors, MXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy (2017); La terre la plus contraire, Fondation Fernet-Branca, France (2017); Conductivités, MUCEM, Marseille, France (2017); Tous, des sang-mêlés, MAC VAL, France (2017); Ismyrne, Documenta 14, Athens, Greece (2017); But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York, USA (2016); Archéologie du présent, Musée d’art moderne Saint-Etienne Métropole, France (2016); Répétition, Fondation Boghossian, Villa Empain, Bruxelles, Belgium (2016); Let's Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis, Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon (2016); Barjeel Art Foundation Collection: Imperfect Chronology – Mapping the Contemporary II, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); Electronic Superhighway, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2016); But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York (2016); Common Grounds, Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany (2015); The School of Kyiv: Leipzig Class. Seminar: Politics of Form, Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig, Germany (2015); Autonomy of Self, P21 Gallery, London, UK (2015); Une Histoire – Art, Architecture, Design des annees 1980 a nos jours, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2014); A Letter Always Arrives…, La Panacee, Montepellier, France (2014); Songs of Loss and Songs of Love: Lee Nan-Young and Oum Kulthoum, Gwanju Museum of Art, South Korea; Terms and Conditions, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2013); Light from the Middle East, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK (2013); Vues d’en Haut (Views From Above), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2013).
Their work is part of important public and private collections such as Musee National d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FNAC France; Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, US; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Abraaj Capital Art Collection, Dubai, UAE and the Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE.
They live between Beirut and Paris.