Cultural Initiatives in North Africa and the Middle East
In conjunction with Frieze VIP events, Ibraaz and Iniva presented a lecture-performance by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige.
The performance began at 6.30pm on Thursday the 11th of October at Iniva and was 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.