Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

Group show

Ancient Future

21 November 2020

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Gallery 1: Ancient Future 

The Third Line is pleased to present Ancient Future, a group exhibition exploring notions of time. The strange events of this year have had a far- and wide-reaching impact on all lives on various levels and ensued the uneasy realization that being more connected with the rest of the world has also come to mean we are more interdependent on it. This exhibition delves into the concept of "unprecedented times" -a buzzword frequently thrown around in emails and news reports throughout this pandemic- by exploring the dichotomy between ancient and future.

The works in this exhibition illustrate the intimate perspective of each artist’s personal experience to investigate more universal ideas of documentation, globalization, and the cyclical nature of history, as well as issues concerning humankind’s interventions in its environment. These works traverse between fact and fiction, illustrating a desire to diminish the distance between the viewer and the environment. They also mark the construction, destruction, and reconstruction of each civilization and envision the future based on these semi-familiar foundations.

Exploring a narrative of recontextualized timelines and topographies, this group exhibition features artworks by Ala Ebtekar, Amir H. Fallah, Farah Al Qasimi, Fouad Elkoury, Hayv Kahraman, Huda Lutfi, Laleh Khorramian, Lamya Gargash, Sara Naim, Sophia Al-Maria, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Youssef Nabil, and Zineb Sedira.


Fouad Elkoury, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

The Last Straw

21 November 2020

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On August 4, 2020, a huge explosion devastated the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The historic city was left in chaos, with shattered glass and debris covering the streets. In solidarity with Lebanon, The Third Line is proud to present The Last Straw, a presentation of artworks by Fouad Elkoury and Joana Hadjithomas, and Khalil Joreige with a selection of their works that feature Beirut at their core. This exhibition explores themes that are vital to understanding the context of Beirut and Lebanon, such as architecture, history, memory, and cultural identity. They also share the common thread of preserving the country's history through their individual ways, while responding to its very complex political landscape.

Fouad Elkoury’s photographs taken between 1982 and 1995 look at the recurring imagery of destruction and abandoned urban spaces as a testimony to the devastating realities of war-torn Beirut. Fouad’s multi-faceted photographic oeuvre combined with the violence of the narrative which slowly begins to fade into the background and gives way to the artist’s wistful longing for remembrance; proposing a reconsideration on the notion of inhabitation, its disruption, and its transition from hospitable into hostile. They reveal the consequences of an assault on the domestic. These works are particularly poignant as the recent explosion caused city-wide damages that resembled those of the war.

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige’s ‘Trilogies’ are part of their ongoing ‘Unconformities’ project which has developed over several stages. Since 2014, the artists have been collecting a series of core samples that reveal the subterranean worlds of three cities omnipresent in their lives: Beirut, Paris, and Athens. These works on paper contain photographs of the cores, partially illustrated, proposing possible histories for the different strata contained within the samples. 

Most of all, these works make the deterioration of cities felt and stress the effects of time and memory, both the collective memory of a city and personal memories of the artists.

Group Presentation

Frieze London 2013

October 17 - 20, 2013

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Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

Lebanese Rocket Society: Part III, IV, V

March 19 - April 19, 2012

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For their first solo exhibition at The Third Line and following the first two parts of the project presented at the Sharjah Biennale in March 2011, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige continue their ongoing research on the Lebanese Rocket Society. This exhibition explores three new bodies of works - specifically during the 1960’s at the time of the “great Arab dream” – through a video and sound installation, a photographic series and documentation from Part I and II of the project.

The adventure of the Lebanese Rocket Society began in the early sixties at Haigazian University to study, create and launch rockets for further exploration. From 1960 to 1967, more than ten Cedar rockets were launched giving a rise to national celebrations, resulting in a set of stamps representing the Cedar IV rocket in commemoration of the 21st anniversary of Lebanon’s independence. Since then, the story has become a distant, if not forgotten memory; Hadjithomas and Joreige, as an homage to the notion of monument, recreated a scale reproduction of the Cedar IV rocket, which was exhibited at the 2011 Sharjah Biennale.Restaged, their photographic series that documents the reenactment of the rocket’s transportation through the streets of Beirut, capturing traces of puzzled reactions and strange occurrences.

Group Show

Roads Were Open / Roads Were Closed

September 10 - October 02, 2008

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Artists: Fouad Elkoury, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Laila Shawa. 

Roads Were Open / Roads Were Closed is an interdisciplinary exhibition which maps varying approaches and practices around the experience, perception and memory of conflict-related trauma featuring works by Fouad Elkoury, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Laila Shawa. 

This exhibition will feature a panel discussion with Elkoury and Joreige, as well as a series of films shown over the duration of the exhibition.

Fouad Elkoury's On War and Love is a series of 29 daily journal entries recorded during the 2006 bombardment on and incursion into Lebanon by Israel. The work combines photography and text in order to reveal the artist''''s intimate thoughts as he recounts this event which is doubled by the decision of his partner to leave him.

In Wonder Beirut, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige retrace the career of Lebanese photographer, Abdallah Farah. In 1975, Farah started damaging the negatives of his postcards, burning them little by little, imitating and simultaneously documenting the battles and bombings of the civil war. Hadjithomas and Joreige both republish these images to record the demise of this city, as well as that of the photographer’s psyche.

Tarek Al-Ghoussein's series ofSelf-Portraits depict the artist in various settings where open spaces and obstacles intercept each other. Based in the UAE, many of his photographs include the artist dwarfed by a vast desert landscape, stuck in front of remnants of walls in the middle of an open space.

London-based Laila Shawa’sWeapons of Mass Destruction is an oversized slingshot, stretched back as if ready for release. Despite the tension within its strips, the rock in its pocket is clearly grounded and presents no danger. 

This exhibition was generously supported by Bank of Sharjah.