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Press Release: Media and Artistic Practices in the Middle East and North Africa

003 / 28 September 2012

Media and Artistic Practices in the Middle East and North Africa


Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) at Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA

11th of October 2012, 6.30pm


Khalil Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas, Aida, Save Me, 2010, video still. Courtesy of the artists
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Aida, Save Me, 2010, video still. Courtesy of the artists

In conjunction with Frieze VIP event­s, Ibraaz (www.ibraaz.org) and Iniva (www.iniva.org) are pleased to present a lecture-performance by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige.


The performance will begin at 6.30pm on Thursday the 11th of October at Iniva and will be followed by a Q&A session chaired by Anthony Downey (Editor, Ibraaz).


The lecture-performance Aida, Save Me explores the urgency and constraints that emerge in the use of imagery within the context of the Middle East today. In April 2006, during the Beirut premiere of Hadjithomas and Joreige's second feature film A Perfect Day, an extraordinary incident not only disrupted the film's release but continues to resonate throughout their work. A series of disappearances followed and the lecture-performance measures the distance between recognition and representation, and in turn recounts an adventure whereby fiction takes on the appearance of a document.


Given current events in the Middle East and North Africa surrounding the use and abuse of images and their circulation, this lecture-performance engages with historical trauma and its discursive production and transmutation within a given social, aesthetic and political order.



Notes to Editors:


Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige collaborate as filmmakers and artists, producing cinematic and visual artworks that intertwine. They have exhibited their work internationally, and are based in Beirut.


Ibraaz is an online publishing forum initiated by the Kamel Lazaar Foundation. Its primary goal is to publish writing and projects on visual culture in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) - www.ibraaz.org


Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) engages with new ideas and emerging debates in the contemporary visual arts, reflecting in particular the diversity of contemporary society. We work with artists, curators, creative producers, writers and the public to explore the vitality of visual culture. Iniva is supported by Arts Council England - www.iniva.org


Rivington Place is home to Iniva and Autograph ABP and opened to the public in 2007. Designed by architect David Adjaye OBE, this award-winning building is dedicated to the display, debate and reflection of global diversity issues in the contemporary visual arts. An ongoing programme of exhibitions and events is presented by Iniva in the two project spaces and Iniva's Learning Space. It is also home to the Stuart Hall Library, Iniva's unique research library with specialist resources and collections relating to contemporary international visual arts.


Address: Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA 


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