Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige / Lecture performance : The trace of a Trace | Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
8e Triennal of Photography Hamburg 2022

Whatever medium they work in, what Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige create is ontologically photographic. At the end of the Lebanese Civil War, making images became necessary to hold onto and interrogate the traces of a Beirut marked by years of conflict and beginning to undergo rapid reconstruction. From 1988 to 1997, they photographed the city as it went through a radical transformation, asking themselves: How can a city be depicted after a civil war? How can a ruin be photographed without yielding to the temptation to beautify? What kinds of images can be powerful? Rather than producing images of violence, their approach queries what war does to images?and how it profoundly transforms how we look at things and at ourselves.

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Auditorium - Hall for Contemporary Art