Basel, May 6, 2021 

Bildrausch honors Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

The Lebanese artists question the fabrication of images and representations, the construction of imaginaries, and the writing of history. At the intersection of art and film, their often biographical work explores the history and present of their homeland, which has been ravaged by war and violence. Bildrausch will showcase a retrospective and invites them to discuss their approach in the Thinking/Space. 

The works of Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, both born in Beirut in the summer of 1969 and raised during the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), dig up traces of the history of a country that to this day is marked by war, assassinations, corruption and Mafia-like politics. 


Since the early 1990ies, their works create thematic and formal links between photography, video, performance, installation, sculpture, and cinema, being documentary or fiction film.



Together, they have directed numerous films that have been shown and awarded in  important international film festivals like Cannes (Je veux voir, 2008) or Berlin (Memory Box, 2021), before having theatrical releases in many countries. Their artworks are part of major private and public collections including British Museum (London), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), or Solomon R Guggenheim Museum (New York).


The couple's cinematic oeuvre, with its cross-references between the past and the present, feels contemporary precisely because it doesn't adhere to established genres such as documentary, fiction or experiment. The films tell true stories with great inventiveness and with a rigourous and playful lightheartedness.



Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige attend the Bildrausch - Filmfest Basel from  June 17 to 20 and present their films in person. 


On Saturday, June 19, they will talk about their artistic practice in the Festival's Thinking/Space, hosted by Jean Perret. 


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