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Nou­vel­le Nah­da is an inter­na­tio­nal art pro­ject bet­ween Neu­markt and artists from Bei­rut. It pres­ents its­elf in dif­fe­rent forms and works: with an online publi­ca­ti­on (click epi­so­de 1), a docu­men­ta­ry film essay (click epi­so­de 2) and with a pho­to and sound instal­la­ti­on by the Leba­ne­se artists Myri­am Bou­los and Nour Sokhon.

Nou­vel­le Nah­da – Epi­so­de 2 mani­fests in three dif­fe­rent yet inter­con­nec­ted ways. First, in print with a text A Sea­son of Migra­ti­on to the Sun by Leba­ne­se aut­hor Ibra­him Neh­me, in the city through pho­to inter­ven­ti­ons by Leba­ne­se pho­to­gra­pher Myri­am Bou­los, and abo­ve all as a docu­men­ta­ry film essay by the ent­i­re artis­tic team.

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.