Biography

  • Short biography

    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 last feature film, Je Veux Voir (I Want to See), starring Catherine Deneuve and Rabih Mroue, premiered at the Cannes film festival in 2008. The French critics Guild chose it as Best Film Singulier 2008.

    Their films have been multi awarded in international festivals and enjoyed releases in many countries.

    They have created numerous photographic installations, among them Faces, Lasting Images, Distracted Bullets, The Circle of Confusion, Don’t Walk, War Trophies, Landscape of Khiam, A Faraway Souvenir and the multifaceted project Wonder Beirut.

    Their artworks have been shown in museums, biennials and art centers around the world, in solo or collective exhibitions and are part of important public and private collections, 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.

    In 2012 they presented their feature documentary «The Lebanese Rocket Society, the strange tale of the Lebanese space race » and a series of artistic installations around the space project of the 60′s.

    They are the authors of numerous publications and university lecturers in Lebanon and Europe, members of the board of Metropolis Cinema, and co-founders of Abbout Productions with Georges Schoucair. Hadjithomas is also a board member of the Ashkal Alwan Academy, Home Work Space. They both present regularly some lecture- performances as « Aida save me ». They live between Beirut and Paris.
  • Filmography
    • 2015 ISMYRNA, Doc 50 min
    • 2012 The Lebanese Rocket Society, The strange tale of the Lebanese space race, Doc 95 min
    • 2008 Khiam 2000-2007, Doc 103 min
    • 2008 Je veux voir(I want to see) Fiction 75 min
    • 2006 Open the door, please, Fiction 11 min, part of the film Childhoods Fiction 80 min
    • 2005 Yawmon Akhar (A perfect day), Fiction 88 min
    • 2003 Ramad (Ashes), Fiction 26 min
    • 2003 Al Film Al mafkoud (The lost film), Doc 42 min
    • 2001 Barmeh (Rounds), Fiction 8 min
    • 2000 Khiam, Doc 52 min
    • 1999 Al Bayt al Zaher(Around the pink house) , Fiction 92 min
  • Solo exhibitions

    2017
    • Se Souvenir de la lumière, Musée National Pablo Picasso, La guerre et la paix, Vallauris, France
    • Two Suns in a Sunset, IVAM, Spain.
    • Still In Need To Apologize, Tranzitdisplay, Prague, Czech Republic

    2016

    • Two Suns in a Sunset, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany.
    • Se souvenir de la lumière, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France.
    • Two Suns in a Sunset, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE.
    • I Must First Apologize…, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, United States.

    2015

    • I Must First Apologize…, HOME, Manchester, United Kingdom.

    2014

    • Je dois tout d’abord m’excuser…, Villa Arson, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France.
    • The Lebanese Rocket Society, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Australia.

    2013

    • Lebanese Rocket Society: Part III, IV, V & VI . In Situ -  fabienne leclerc, Paris, France
    • KHIAM, l’emploi du temps. 3 bis F, Lieux d’art contemporain, Aix en Provence, France.
    • Lebanese Rocket Society: Part II, III, IV & V. CRG Gallery, New York, USA

    2012

    • Lebanese Rocket Society: Part III, IV & V. The Third Line Dubai, UAE
    • How soon is now : a tribute to dreamers, Beirut Exhibition Center, Lebanon

    2010

    • Histoire du vent », Commande publique du ministère de la culture, Festival d’Avignon, France
    • Is there anybody out of there? », In Situ – fabienne leclerc, Paris, France
    • I want to see, Gazworks, Triangle Arts Trust, London, U.K

    2009

    • Wonder Beirut, Centre de la photographie de Genève, Switzerland.
    • Wish we could tell , A Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    • Wish we could tell, Centro de Mémoria, Museum of Vila Do Conde, Portugal
    • I am here even if you don’t see me, Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal, Québec, Canada
    • Tel des oasis dans le désert, Eglise des Célestins, Festival d’Avignon, France
    • Faces, Art première, Art Basel, Bâle, Switzerland
    • We could be heroes just for one day Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris, France

    2008

    • Circulo de confusion, Musée de Gigon, Spain
    • We could be heroes just for one day, Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris, France
    • Histoires tenues secrètes, Fort du Bruissin, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Francheville, France
    • Back to the présent, Homeworks IV, Ashkal Alwan, in AGIAL Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
    • Oú sommes-nous? », Festival d’Automne, Espace Topographique de l’art, Paris, France
    • Circle of Confusion », CRG Gallery, New York, USA

    2000

    • Wonder Beirut, Ecole régionale des Beaux Arts, Rennes, France

    1998

    • Wonder Beirut, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beyrouth, Lebanon

    1997

    • Beyrouth: Fictions urbaines, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
  • Group exhibitions

    2017

    • Unconformities, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
    • Keimena Project, Documenta 14, Athens, Greece
    • Bahar, 13rd biennale of Sharjah in Istanbul, Turkey.
    • Home Beirut, Sounding the neighbours, Maxxi, Rome, Italy.

    2016

    • But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, Guggenheim Museum, New York, États Unis.
    • Electronic Superhighway, Whitechapel Gallery, Londres, Royaume Uni.

    2015

    • All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, Italie.
    • Streamlines, Deichtorhallen, Hambourg, Allemagne.
    • Lest the Two Seas Meet, Museum of Modern Art in Varsovie, Pologne.
    • Territoire d’affects, Beirut Exhibition Center, Liban, Beyrouth, Liban.

    2014

    • Une Histoire, Centre Pompidou/musée national d’Art moderne, Paris, France.
    • Visual Dialogues 2013, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Grèce.
    • Lasting Images, Guggenheim Museum, New York, Etas-Unis.

    2013

    • Terms & Conditions, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.
    • Vue d’en haut, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France.
    • Ici, ailleurs, Marseille-Provence 2013, France.
    • Sweet Sixties: Stories and Morals, Gallery Nova, WHW, Zagreb, Croatie.

    2012

    • Biennial from the Global South, Kochi-Muziris Biennial, India.
    • Light from the Middle East, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.
    • Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contempory Art, SFMoma, San Francisco, United States.
    • Round Table, 9th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea.
    • Arab Express, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
    • Intense proximité, La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.
    • Spectral Imprints, Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2012, Dubai, UAE.

    2011

    • Due to Unforeseen Events, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, US.
    • Seeing Is Believing, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany .
    • Image in the Aftermath, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon.
    • Untitled, 12th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey.
    • Une terrible beauté est née, 11th Lyon Biennial, La Sucrière, Lyon, France.
    • Plot for a Biennial, 10th Sharjah Biennial, UAE

    2008

    • Zones of conflict, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, US
    • Roads were opened/roads were closed, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE
    • Art now in Lebanon, Darat al Funun, The Khalid Shoman foundation, Amman, Jordan
    • Forum Home works 4, organised by Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon
    • Conspire, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany.
    • Fondation jordanienne – Darat el Funun, organised by Sfeir-Semler gallery, Amman, Jordan.
    • Orients Sans Frontières, Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
    • Stratégies de l’histoire, Stratégie de l’art, 6th Biennale de Goumri, Armenia

    2007

    • Ah les belles images ! …, In Situ fabienne leclerc, Paris, France
    • Ah les belles images ! …, La Tolerie, Clermont Ferrand, France
    • Distorted Fabric, De Apple Arts Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Whenever it starts, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany.

    2006

    • Cercle de confusion, Côté court, Pantin, France
    • Taking place, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Out of Beirut, Modern Art, Oxford, United Kingdom
    • Blickdicht. Fotografien aus der arabischen Welt, Ifa-Galerie Berlin, Germany.
    • Coding : Decoding, Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    • Coding : Decoding, Museet for Samtidskunst / Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark

    2005

    • Sequence of tense, Altpool, South Korea.
    • HOME WORKS III, Beirut, Lebanon
    • Videokunstwoche, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany

    2004

    • Present Absent, Gallery Tanit, Munich, Germany
    • Love it or leave it, Montenegro Biennale, Montenegro
    • Appel à témoin, Le Quartier, Centre d’art contemporain de Quimper, France
    • Mediterraneans, Macro, Rome, Italy.
    • Laughter, Bargehouse LIFT, London, UK
    • Nazar, Nooderlich Photofestival, Akerkhof, Netherlands

    2003

    • The Eccho Show, curator Lars Bang Larsen, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland
    • Deslocamentos, VideoBrazil, Sao Paolo, Brazil
    • FORUM HOME WORKS 2, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon

    2002

    • Iconoclash, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
    • Fundamentalism of the new order, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark.

    2001

    • Missing links, Gallery Townhouse, Cairo, Egypt
    • Gaba, Marzouk, Sooja, Bonde, Kusolwong , Hadjithomas And Joreige – INOVA – Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee, WI, US
    • 2000
    • Espace vital, La Criée, Centre d’Art contemporain de Rennes, France
    • Visages de rencontres, Espace Mira Phalaina, Montreuil, France