The films and photographs by artist and filmmaker duo Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (both born in 1969 in Beirut) focus on the history of their native country of Lebanon. Politicized at an early age by the Lebanese civil war (1975–1990), they redefine the role of images in relation to memory and history and explore the parameters of images and their narratives. Drawing inspiration from found documents, personal archives, and poetic experience, Hadjithomas and Joreige navigate a unique route between art and cinema.
The lecture performance by the artists starts with an extraordinary, unbelievable but true incident that was to disrupt the film premiere of the second feature film “A Perfect Day” by Hadjithomas and Joreige in Beirut in April 2006. It resonated strangely vis-à-vis the work of the artists. A series of disappearances followed.
The lecture performance measures the distance between recognition and representation of oneself, and recounts this adventure whereby fiction has suddenly taken on the appearance of a document.
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