Neu­markt x Kos­mos pres­ents
Resis­ting Turbulence

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 

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.

The Out­post

“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.

Radio Mee­dan

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.

Credits

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.