Aida, Save Me

Aida, Save Me is a performative lecture, consisting of film stills, clips and a reading by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. The work emerges from an extraordinary real-life event: at the premiere of their second feature film A Perfect Day (2006) in Beirut, an extraordinaryincident “unbelievable but true” was to disrupt the film to release and resonate strangely vis-a-vis theartist’s work. Beginning with this event that blurs the line between fiction and so-called reality, Hadjithomas and Joreige explore the connections between archives, images, disappearance, context and truth. This performative lecture measures the distance between recognition and representation of oneself, and recounts this adventure whereby fiction has, all of a sudden, taken the appearance of a document.

This program represents a first-time collaboration of The Power Plant and the Aga Khan Museum.