Nou­vel­le Nahda

An art pro­ject about renais­sance, revo­lu­ti­ons and attempts to trans­la­te cur­rent events into timelines

“Nou­vel­le Nah­da” star­ted a year and a half ago as an inter­na­tio­nal col­la­bo­ra­ti­on and jour­ney of several artists from Bei­rut and Thea­ter Neu­markt. Nah­da is Ara­bic for “rebirth,” “awa­ke­n­ing,” “rising,” and “Nou­vel­le Nah­da” can be unders­tood as a col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve, trans­na­tio­nal, thought-pro­vo­king pro­cess that aims to explo­re new ways to rea­wa­ken the idea of Nah­da; with the goal of initia­ting a social and poli­ti­cal move­ment and chan­ge from wit­hin the realm of art and cul­tu­re. During the collec­ti­ve crea­ti­ve pro­cess, both in Bei­rut and in Zurich, various events cau­sed the pro­ject to chan­ge and it con­ti­nuous­ly trans­for­med. “Nou­vel­le Nah­da” thus beca­me an attempt to keep up with what was hap­pe­ning.
In the fall of 2019, the upri­sin­gs began in Leba­non, a revo­lu­ti­on was born, and the impact on chan­ge felt very real.
In the spring of 2020, Coro­na and the glo­bal lock­down led this col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve work to chan­ge again, and it even­tual­ly took the form of an online publi­ca­ti­on, now cal­led “Nou­vel­le Nah­da” — Epi­so­de 1.
In the sum­mer of 2020, a mega explo­si­on rocked Bei­rut and its peop­le, and the idea of Nah­da as renais­sance, as rebirth, as rising, had to evol­ve to reflect on the natu­re of pain, collec­ti­ve trau­ma, and healing, and to face dif­fi­cult ques­ti­ons such as how to move on after tra­ge­dy, how to trans­form pain, how to be reborn stron­ger but sof­ter at the same time.
In the win­ter of 2021, “Nou­vel­le Nah­da” laun­ched the next attempt to bring this work to a con­clu­si­on. Ano­t­her shut­down situa­ti­on chan­ged the cour­se of the pro­ject yet again:
Epi­so­de 2 of “Nou­vel­le Nah­da” is pre­sen­ted in the urban space and at selec­ted loca­ti­ons through a pho­to-sound-text instal­la­ti­on, online through a docu­men­ta­ry film essay (on demand in the media libra­ry) and in print form with the publi­ca­ti­on of a text by Ibra­him Neh­me, which descri­bes the healing pro­cess of a wound after an explosion.

“Nou­vel­le Nah­da” is an inter­na­tio­nal co-pro­duc­tion with STA­TI­ON Beirut. 

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By and with

yara bou nas­sar, myri­am bou­los, hayat erdoğan, juan fer­ra­ri, anna hof­mann, sophie kray­er, ibra­him neh­me, ken­za nes­saf, ant­je schupp, michel stein­berg, nour sokhon.

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