FIELD MEETING: THINKING PRACTICE

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (Beirut)

The Rumors of the World


In a new lecture performance adapting an ongoing project (1999-present), the artist duo give face to the ambiguous and hidden voices found in scam-messages traversing the planet through the Internet. Revealing a complex world where traditional ethics are challenged by greed and desire, the narrative unfolds to represent a new colonial map, narrating a strange history of our time– where an odd faith in images and stories become intertwined with production of personal narratives and systems of representation in the post-digital age.

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Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige’s FIELD MEETING participation was supported by The Third Line Gallery (Dubai).

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Rumors of the World, 2016. Performance documentation FIELD MEETING: Thinking Practice, November 12th at Asia Society. Photo: Renata Carciofolo.

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Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige collaborate as filmmakers and artists, producing cinematic and visual artwork that interwine. For the last 15 years, they have focused on the images, representations and history of their home country, Lebanon and questioned the fabrication of imaginaries in the region and beyond. Together, they have directed documentaries such as Khiam 2000-2007(2008) and El Film el Mafkoud (The Lost Film) (2003) and feature films such as Al Bayt el Zaher (1999) and A Perfect Day (2005). Their films have been multi awarded in international festivals and enjoyed releases in many countries. Their artworks have been shown in museums, biennials and art centers around the world, such as Musee d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; FNAC France; the Guggenheim, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, France; V & A London, the Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE. They are recipients of the 2012 Abraaj Capital Art Prize with A Letter Can Always Reach Its Destination.

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Aida Save Me, 2012. lecture-performance.