ISMYRNE (2016) documents a lengthy encounter between Joana Hadjithomas and the artist/poet Etel Adnan. Friends since the early 1990s, they grew close, bound by a tumultuous link to their ancestral homeland of Smyrna (now known as Izmir), a city that they had never visited. Families of both Hadjithomas and Adnan were forced into exile from Smyrna after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Conveying intimate stories, they realise that, for them both, Ismyrne is a constructed imaginary, parlayed to them through a contentious narration of violence.
ISMYRNE is part of the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection.
Screening and Booking Information
Directors: Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige
France, United Arab Emirates
Documentary │ 50 minutes
French with English subtitles
The screening of ISMYRNE, which is part of the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection, is taking place under a film programme running in parallel with the Unsettled Objects exhibition, and will be followed by a Q&A session with the film’s directors.
Bookings for the film screening and the Q&A session are available here.
Details about the full programme and the screenings can be found here.