The artists Etel Adnan and Joana Hadjithomas met at the end of the 1990s. They quickly grew close, bound by links to a city they had never been to: Smyrna (today's Izmir). Joana's paternal Greek family were forced into exile from Smyrna by the Turkish armies after the end of the Ottoman Empire. Etel's Greek mother was born in Smyrna, married to a Syrian officer of the Ottoman Army and exiled to Lebanon after the fall of the empire.
Following the screening of Ismyrna (50 mins), the artists are joined in conversation by the Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, Hoor Al-Qasimi.
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