Neumarkt x Kosmos presents
Within a cooperation between Neumarkt and KOSMOS, the international art project Nouvelle Nahda exhibits the work Resisting Turbulence by Myriam Boulos and Nour Sokhon. It also provides insights into the magazine The Outpost by Ibrahim Nehme. Accompanying this exhibition is a curated bookstall as well as a conversation in the “Kosmopolitics” series on Monday, March 22 on the theme of “10 Years of the Arabellion,” including Ibrahim Nehme, moderated by Samir.
Resisting Turbulence is composed of a selection of photographs taken by Myriam Boulos and manipulated field recordings by Nour Sokhon. The project started with both artists conducting a series of interviews arbitrarily as they were walking across the streets of their war-torn city, their home, Beirut in October 2019.
This interdisciplinary collective project, in association with the Nouvelle Nahda team, aimed to answer these questions: What if a renaissance happened in Lebanon? If so, what would that look like? The interviewees, who willingly shared their personal narratives with meticulous detail, illuminated people’s desire to be heard.
In a matter of just a few days, after the interviews had been recorded, the Lebanese revolution began. From that point on, it felt necessary to incorporate the events of the unfolding revolution into the questions that are a part of the art project Nouvelle Nahda.
A year later, in August 2020 – while the Nouvelle Nahda team was still working on the art project together – an explosion shook the city of Beirut and Myriam Boulos captured the post-explosion situation.
As carriers of intergenerational post-war trauma, both artists are fueled by the notion of infinite possibilities for a reawakening to take place in a city that is burdened by a constant state of restlessness. Resisting Turbulence turned into a chronicle of the state of paralysis of people before the revolution, the awakening after its beginning and after the explosion.
Resisting Turbulence — Sound Composition
“The Outpost” is a magazine of possibilities from Beirut, Lebanon, with the intention to produce and disseminate a new narrative on and from the Arab region. As clearly captured in its subtitle — a magazine of possibilities — the publication’s narrative is forward-looking and hopeful, and aims to counter the discourse of fear and despair that is so prevalent in the Arab media landscape. “The Outpost” became a space for new voices from across the region to come together and tell a different story about who they are and who they could be. “The Outpost” became a space of imagining new ways of being and living together, new ways of reading and relating to history, and new futures for the Arab region and its youth.
The Radio Meedan manifesto appeared in ISSUE 4: THE POSSIBILITY OF REWRITING OUR STORY, in March 2014. It was about the potential for change through words and through stories. Starting from a fictitious radio station called Meedan, this issue built an entire universe around questions about the possibility of rewriting history(s) or writing them differently.
“the outpost” was inspired by the energy of the potential for change of the Arab Spring and founded by Ibrahim Nehme, Editor-in-Chief. At Kosmos we exhibit the manifesto and offer the magazine at the book table in exchange for a barter gift.
Photos: Myriam Boulos
Sound Composition: Nour Sokhon
Interviews: Myriam Boulos & Nour Sokhon
The Outpost: Ibrahim Nehme
Curated by Nathalie Brunner, Hayat Erdoğan, Sophie Krayer
Scenography: Sophie Krayer
Design: Sophie Krayer, Pascale Lustenberger, Simeon Meyer
Technical Team / Installation: Andreas Bögli, Simeon Meyer, Luca Brühwiler, George Kleinberger, Michael Dietiker
Resisting Turbulence is a cooperation between Neumarkt and Kosmos.