Lebanese filmmakers and artists, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige create thematic, conceptual and formal links through photography, video installations, films and documentaries. With the exhibition, Se souvenir de la lumière (Two Suns in a Sunset), Jeu de Paume, Paris offers a perspective on the entirety of their artistic and cinematographic projects from the late 1990s to present.
The exhibition explores the artist duo’s relationship with image and narratives, the different approaches and strategies they have employed and the diverse investigations that they have immersed themselves in. Both self-taught artists, a significant volume of their works revolves around their own personal histories in the wake of the Lebanese civil wars and their encounters with various people.
“Our work concerns the present and not the past, even if the latter comes back to haunt the living. [The aim is to] go back in time without nostalgia, by continually activating the
past in the present, and capturing it’s effect.” – Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige