Ashkal Alwan and Beirut Exhibition Center present How Soon is Now: A Tribute to Dreamers, a solo exhibition by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige in Beirut. The show includes projects from 1997 to 2012, accentuating the artists’ ongoing research on the image and representation of the present. Through mixed-media installations, objects and videos, Hadjithomas and Joreige articulate questions central to the process of image making, as well as to the role of imagination and dreams in shaping a possible shared narrative.
At the exhibition’s crux is their most recent project Lebanese Rocket Society, an exploration of an Armenian-Lebanese space program initiated at Haigazian University in the late 60s that successfully launched the first regional rocket. The project ponders the apparent absence of this program from our collective memory, shedding light on our perceptions of the past and present – and our imagination of the future.
Associate Curator: Mirene Arsanios
Publication Coordinator: Nadia Al Issa
Exhibition Designer: Maxime Hourani
Technical Director: Ricardo Clementi