The Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Association pour la Diffusion Internationale de l’Art Français have awarded this year’s Prix Marcel Duchamp to Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. Maja Bajevic, Charlotte Moth, and Vittorio Santoro were also nominated for the prize, which annually recognizes an artist working in France. (Hadjithomas and Joreige divide their time between Beirut and Paris.)
In their films, Hadjithomas and Joreige explore the way Western media portrays Lebanon, their home country. Over the past decade and a half, the duo has appropriated archival materials, photographs, and film footage, often as a way of exposing these materials as constructions or fantasies.
Their films appeared in the Athens half of Documenta 14, where the duo showed their 2013 video I Stared at Beauty So Much: Waiting for the Barbarians, as well as in the Guggenheim Museum’s 2016 “But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise” exhibition and the 2011 Sharjah Biennial.
Hadjithomas and Joreige will receive €35,000, or about $41,000. The duo’s work is currently on view at the Pompidou in an exhibition devoted to the prize’s 2017 finalists that runs through January 8.