Joana Hadjithomas met fellow artist Etel Adnan in the 1990s. They quickly grew close, bound by family links to Smyrna, now known as Izmir on Turkey’s Aegean coast, a city neither had been to. While both imagine Smyrna, they question the transmission of history and their attachment to objects, places, imaginary constructions and mythologies without images. Ismyrne is part of the project I Stared at Beauty So Much which interrogates notions of identity, belonging and nationalism.