Born Hadjithomas, Beirut 1969; Joreige, Beirut 1969
Live and work between France and Lebanon
Filmmakers and artists, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige question the fabrication of images and representations, the construction of imaginaries, and the writing of history. Their artworks create thematic and formal links between photography, video, performance, installation and cinema.
The artists are known for their long-term research based on personal or political documents, with particular interests in the traces of the invisible and the absent, histories kept secret such as the disappearances during the Lebanese Civil War, a forgotten space project from the 1960s, the strange consequences of Internet scams and spams or the geological and archaeological undergrounds of cities. Among their major artworks, Circle of Confusion, Wonder Beirut, The Lebanese Rocket Society, SCAMS, I stared at Beauty So Much and Unconformities, showcased at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) and awarded the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2017.
Their artworks are part of major private and public collections and have been presented in solo and group exhibitions in museums and art centers around the world, such as Jeu de Paume (Paris), Guggenheim (New York), Haus der Kunst (Munich), IVAM (Valencia), MIT List Visual Arts Center (Cambridge), Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE), Villa Arson (Nice), KW Berlin, MOMA (New York), Red Brick Art Museum (Beijing), Tate Modern (London), Ashkal Alwan (Beirut)… They participated in many biennials among them Taipei, Venice, Istanbul, Lyon, Gwangju.
Together, they have directed numerous films shown and awarded in major international festivals. Their films include, Memory Box (2021), ISMYRNA (2016); The Lebanese Rocket Society: The Strange Tale of The Lebanese Space Race (2012); Khiam 2000-2007 (2008); Je Veux Voir (I Want To See) (2008); A Perfect Day (2005); The Lost Film (2003); and Al Bayt el Zaher (Around the Pink House) (1999).
Numerous publications have been published on their work namely “Two Suns in a Sunset”, “The Rumors of The World: Rethinking Trust in the Age of the Internet, “Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige monograph”, “Le cinéma de Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige”…
They both regularly present lecture-performances including Aida Save Me and Latent Images and are often invited as university lecturers in Lebanon and Europe. They are the co-founder of Abbout Productions and executive members of the board of Metropolis Cinema and the Cinemathèque of Beirut.