This book traces the work and research of filmmakers and visual artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige and their exploration through their work of online spam e-mails, specifically, advance-fee frauds and scam messages.
Since the mid-1990s, Lebanese artists Joana Hadjithomas &
Khalil Joreige (b. 1969, live and work in Beirut, Lebanon
, and Paris) have worked
together in the visual arts and cinema
–shooting documentaries and
fictions such as "I Want To See," starring Catherine Deneuve and Rabih Mroué
and screened at the Cannes Festival in 2008.
Their practice in both fields is imbued with a distinctive aesthetic that
occupies spheres of the visible and the fictional, nourishing a
fascinating back and forth between life and fiction. Investigative
processes, excavation, and the representations of historic, social,
cultural, and political factors are at the heart of their practice. In
their words: "All our work exists on the frontier of a reality where the
question of the territory and its delimitation (that of art, that of
personal life), the question of the social body and the individual body,
are constantly being posed."
Their films have
been multi awarded in international festivals and enjoyed releases in
many countries. Their artworks have been shown in museums, biennials and
art centers around the world, in solo or collective exhibitions and are
part of important public and private collections, such as Musée
d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Guggenheim, New York; Centre Georges
Pompidou, France; V & A London, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE, etc.