Picturing Historical Absences

A conversation with Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige





Archive, Photography, Historical Narratives, Memory, Lebanese Wars


In this interview, Lebanese artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige discuss their artistic practice on historical narratives and memory, particularly regarding their approach to the wars in Lebanon. By critically appropriating and scrutinizing archival materials, their work challenges dominant narratives, revealing historical absences that would otherwise be forgotten. Delving into the complexities of the past, the artists explore how history shapes identity and informs contemporary discourse. Through this dialogue, Hadjithomas and Joreige reflect on their artistic process and the transformative potential of art to foster critical reflection and promote more just and compassionate futures.


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Author Biographies

Ana Catarina Pinho, IHA, Nova University of Lisbon

Ana Catarina Pinho is a researcher, editor and visual artist.  She holds a PhD awarded by the European Centre for Documentary Research (eCDR), at the University of South Wales, UK, developed with a fellowship granted by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). She's currently affiliated to the research groups Global Art Archive (GAA), University of Barcelona, and Contemporary Art Studies (CASt), IHA, Nova University of Lisbon. Pinho is the founder director of ARCHIVO, and the editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal ARCHIVO PAPERS (ISSN-2184-9218).

Arola Valls Bofill, University of Barcelona, Spain

Arola Valls holds a PhD in Education from the Faculty of Education of the Universitat de Barcelona, and is a researcher, teacher and independent curator. She has curated, among others, the exhibitions H(a)unting images: anatomía de un disparo at Caixaforum Barcelona and Imago vocis: eco de lo visible at the Centre del Carme in Valencia. She has published essays on photography and archival practices in catalogues and books, including World History of Women Photographers and Memoria y desacuerdo: políticas del archivo, registro y álbum familiar. She teaches at the Faculty of Education of the Universitat de Barcelona and at various private art and photography schools. Since 2009, she has collaborated with the Fundació “La Caixa” in the design of mediation projects with the public around contemporary artexhibitions at CaixaForum.

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How to Cite

Pinho, A. C., & Valls Bofill, A. (2024). Picturing Historical Absences: A conversation with Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. Archivo Papers, 4, 133–145. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.12544888