Nouvelle Nahda – Episode 2 manifests in three different yet interconnected ways. First, in print with a text by Lebanese writer Ibrahim Nehme, second in the city through photo interventions by Lebanese photographer Myriam Boulos (in March). And third as a documentary film essay: Click episode 2 and watch Nouvelle Nahda.
Nouvelle Nahda – Episode 1 was released in April 2020 as an enhanced online publication and a video series of Artists in Conversation. This body of work documents and presents texts and artworks that were born at a time of revolution and great change.
Nouvelle Nahda started one and a half years ago as a journey of a group of artists from Beirut and Zurich, who came together to explore and expand on the notion of Nahda. Nahda is Arabic for renaissance; an awakening; the act of rising up. In a historical context, Nahda refers to a cultural movement that swept a number of Arabic-speaking countries in the second half of the 19th century and early 20th century; a time when a wave of artistic and cultural output gave birth to a new way of life.
The coming together of artists under the umbrella of Nouvelle Nahda was meant to activate a collaborative, transnational, cross-disciplinary artistic process. The intention was to unpack the many different dimensions of Nahda and situate them within a broader conversation on the politics of (radical) change.
Nouvelle Nahda was initially conceived for the stage, later found itself in a constant space of metamorphosis. As the world shifted on its axes, Nouvelle Nahda had to also evolve to capture new energies and shifts in politics, society and culture.