Joyce Joumaa

Thresholds of insight

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From May 18 to June 29, 2024

In this exhibition, Joyce Joumaa delves into the content of Lebanese history textbooks, specifically examining the chapters pertaining to Ottoman Empire colonization. Through this investigation, she questions the process of historical construction and mediation through language and education. By juxtaposing two influential spaces: the classroom and the living room, she sheds light on their role in shaping a child’s early political consciousness.

Biographical note

Joyce Joumaa is a video artist and writer based between Beirut and Montreal. After growing up in Lebanon, she pursued a BFA in Film Studies at Concordia University in Canada. Her work focuses on microhistories within Lebanon as a way to understand how past structures inform the present moment. Central to her practice is an interest towards the political charge inscribed in spaces and the social psychology that unfolds out of this tension. Her work has been shown at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, FOFA Gallery and the CCA. In 2024, she will be participating at the 60th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennial.

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