Dar al-Kalima organise un atelier sur l’art et la citoyenneté au Liban (L’Orient-le-Jour)

Un plaisir d’organiser cet atelier avec ma collègue Roula Salibi pour Dar al-Kalima. Parution de l’annonce dans l’Orient-le-Jour, 4 décembre 2021.

AGENDA – ÉVÉNEMENT

L’université Dar al-Kalima (Bethléem, Palestine) et l’ONG Dar al-Kalima/programme Nabad (nabad.art) au Liban organisent un atelier d’une journée sur l’art et la citoyenneté, le 16 décembre 2021, à l’hôtel Bossa Nova de Sin el-Fil.

Face à la situation actuelle du pays, il est urgent de définir des projets qui aideront à former des citoyens et citoyennes aptes à vivre ensemble, à se construire une identité unie dans la diversité, de même qu’une société inclusive. En ce sens, l’art et la culture constituent des routes privilégiées. Malheureusement, elles ne sont pas souvent empruntées ou sont qualifiées de secondaires. D’où l’importance de la déconstruction de savoirs sclérosés concernant tant l’art que la citoyenneté, car si l’art a servi et sert encore la propagande politique, il est aussi, comme l’affirme Picasso, « un instrument de guerre » contre la tyrannie. Il est surtout un éveilleur de conscience et une plateforme de choix pour l’éducation à la citoyenneté. L’art fait d’ailleurs éclater les idées reçues : il aide à réconcilier les individus et les communautés, à guérir les blessures aussi. C’est dans cette perspective que se situe l’atelier du 16 décembre courant. Un atelier parmi trois initiatives (Beyrouth, Amman, Gaza) qui accompagnent la 23e conférence internationale de Dar al-Kalima sur l’art et la citoyenneté prévue à Bethléem les 15 et 16 décembre 2021. Avec pour objectif, notamment, de promouvoir l’avènement de sociétés inclusives en Asie du Sud-Ouest.

Plusieurs questions seront abordées par des artistes et des représentants d’entreprises créatives et d’organisations d’art. Comment les initiatives artistiques locales et de la diaspora peuvent-elles avoir un impact plus important compte tenu des défis actuels – crise économique, troubles politiques et injustice sociale ?Quels sont les besoins des individus, des groupes et des associations qui réinventent les notions traditionnelles de création artistique et contribuent au développement de leur société à travers le pouvoir transformateur de leurs capacités artistiques ou par un engagement social proactif ? Et quelles sont les pistes permettant d’aller de l’avant ? Pour plus d’informations, contactez Nabad/Dar al-Kalima au Liban par courriel :

art.nabad@gmail.com

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Source: https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1283654/dar-al-kalima-organise-un-atelier-sur-lart-et-la-citoyennete-au-liban.html

ورشة فنية حول الفن والمواطنة في بيروت

تنظم جامعة دار الكلمة (بيت لحم – فلسطين) بالتعاون مع جمعية دار الكلمة للفنون والثقافة وبرنامجها نبض في لبنان ورشة فنية حول الفن والمواطنة في فندق بوسا نوفا في 16 ديسمبر 2021

تعقد هذه الورشة بالتزامن مع ورشة فنية في عمان بالتعاون مع المعهد الملكي للدراسات الدينية، وأخرى في غزة وذلك في مقر جامعة دار الكلمة، وقد ترافق هذه الورش المؤتمر الدولي الثالث والعشرين لدار الكلمة حول الفن والمواطنة في حرم الجامعة في بيت لحم (15 و 16 ديسمبر). و يأتي هذا المؤتمر ضمن إحتفالية بيت لحم عاصمة للثقافة العربية، وكذلك استكمالا لتوصيات مؤتمر جامعة دار الكلمة الدولي “المواطنة الفاعلة: نحو مجتمعات حاضنة للتعددية في الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا”

سيركز المشاركون في الورشة الفنية في بيروت على مناهج وممارسات الفنون والثقافة المحلية والإقليمية، ويقيمون الاحتياجات الحالية، ويحددون التحديات والعقبات، ويقترحون طرقًا للمضي قدمًا لإحداث التغيير الاجتماعي والسياسي من خلال الفنون. وسيقدم المشاركون من فنانين وأكاديميين وناشطين منهجيات واستراتيجيات متنوعة في الفن الاجتماعي والسياسي تثبت أن الفن ليس رفاهية بل قاعدة ووسيلة فعالة لبناء مجتمعات “لا يُهمّش فيها أحد من أجل تحقيق التنمية المستدامة، وإتاحة إمكانية وصول الجميع إلى العدالة، وبناء مؤسسات فعالة وخاضعة للمساءلة وشاملة للجميع على جميع المستويات” (الهدف 16 للتنمية المستدامة، الأمم المتحدة).

لأن الفن ممارسة اجتماعية وسياسية، يصبح عمل الفنانين مرتبطًا بمفهوم المواطنة، وبالتالي، يصبح مصدرًا للمعرفة و القناعات والقيم عن أنفسنا والعالم، وجزءًا من تعليم وتنشئة كل مواطن.

للمزيد من المعلومات: art.nabad@gmail.com

اقرأ المقال كاملا: https://janoubia.com

جامعة دار الكلمة تستعد لإطلاق مؤتمرها الدولي الثالث والعشرين بعنوان الفن والمواطنة

SOURCE: ALWATANVOICE

رام الله – دنيا الوطن
أعلن القس البروفيسور متري الراهب مؤسس ورئيس جامعة دار الكلمة، عن بدء التحضيرات لعقد مؤتمر الجامعة الدولي الثالث والعشرين تحت عنوان “الفن والمواطنة”، والمزمع عقده بالفترة من 15-16/12/2021 في حرم الجامعة في بيت لحم، حيث تسعى جامعة دار الكلمة من خلال هذا المؤتمر إلى استضافة نخبة من العلماء والأكاديميين/ات أصحاب العلاقة.
و يضاف لذلك أصحاب الخبرات الفنية والإبداعية من المختصين والمهتمين في هذا المجال من مختلف أنحاء العالم من أجل تبادل الخبرات العلمية والثقافية والفنية، وتفعيل آليات الحوار الثقافي من خلال الاطلاع على تجارب الآخرين، وخلق فضاءات معرفية مشتركة تعزز من حضور القيم الانسانية والثقافية في مواجهة التحديات.

و يهدف المؤتمر إلى تقديم رؤية واضحة وشاملة حول دور الفنون بكافة أشكالها في تعزيز وتجذير مفاهيم المواطنة كأساس للحوار في بناء المجتمعات المدنية، كما ويطرح المؤتمر التساؤلات والمواضيع التالية مدى الحاجة لتكريس الخطاب الفني المعاصر في تعميق قيم المواطنة ومفاهيمها ومدى أهمية تعدد أشكال الدور الذي يمكن لمؤسسات التعليم العالي أن تقوم به في ترسيخ القيم التي ترتبط بالكرامة الإنسانية والتحرر والتعددية والمساواة.

و يأتي هذا المؤتمر ضمن إحتفالية بيت لحم عاصمة للثقافة العربية، وكذلك استكمالا لتوصيات مؤتمر جامعة دار الكلمة الدولي “المواطنة الفاعلة: نحو مجتمعات حاضنة للتعددية في الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا”.
و سيتناول المؤتمر العديد من المحاور البحثية ذات العلاقة بالفن والمواطنة كدور التبادل الثقافي والفني الأكاديمي في تعزيز المواطنة، وقضايا المواطنة في الأفلام العربية، والمسرح وقضايا المواطنة، وكذلك مفاهيم الكرامة – المساواة – والمجتمع المدني في الفنون المعاصرة، والفن والحراك الشعبي وقضايا المواطنة، والفن – المقاومة والمواطنة، ودور الفن في تعزيز المواطنة في الجامعات العربية، بالإضافة إلى محور قضايا المواطنة في أعمال طلبة الفنون، وهذا المحور موجه للطلاب، ذلك أن جامعة دار الكلمة تولي أهمية كبيرة لعرض آراء الشباب وأفكارهم، وذلك لإيمانها بدور الشباب في صنع التغيير.

وبالتزامن مع يومي انعقاد المؤتمر ستقام  ثلاث ورش فنية كجزء من المؤتمر، حيث سيعقد في 15/12 ورشة فنية في عمان بالتعاون مع المعهد الملكي للدراسات الدينية، وفي 16/12 سيعقد ورشتين الأولى في غزة، وذلك في مقر جامعة دار الكلمة، والثانية في بيروت بالتعاون مع جمعية دار الكلمة للفنون والثقافة، و سيتم عقد جلسات المؤتمر من محاضرات وندوات وورش عمل وجاهيا، وكذلك عبر تقنية (Zoom).

المزيد على دنيا الوطن ..https://www.alwatanvoice.com/arabic/news/2021/11/17/1444681.html#ixzz7CpcYnIrf

Can Beirut Recover? Artists Reflect on the August 4th Blast in Lebanon (by Elyssar Press)

August 4th, 2021 marks the one-year commemoration of the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. There are still individuals in need of support who are driving forth relief efforts, as well as elevating the arts in Beirut as one way to demand change and government accountability. 

Today, please consider supporting Lebanese artists by purchasing The Beirut Call: Harnessing Creativity for Change, a collection from Elyssar Press that features the work of 21 artists, poets, professors, and activists. Proceeds from The Beirut Call help Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture fund artists, arts NGOs, and small creative enterprises’ projects in Lebanon.

In addition to revisiting that life-changing day and offering a first-person account, the contributing writers and artists in this anthology explore the theme of how—in the words of professor Dr. Mitri Raheb “art is a necessity” as well as a “political tool.” 

When the Beirut Explosion Happened

In the midst of a global pandemic, 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer exploded on August 4th, 2020. Hundreds of people lost their lives and thousands more were injured, traumatized, and impacted by this explosion. To add to the devastation and grief, the explosion could have been avoided—the unstable explosives had been stored unsafely in a port warehouse for six years. The Beirut port blast is one of the largest non-nuclear explosions that has occurred.

Often overlooked in traumatizing events like this explosion, is the role of the arts to center the lives of traumatized individuals, including children and adolescents. Art relief is often sidelined as unnecessary in the face of a disaster. Many individuals, such as Dr. Mitri Raheb of Dar-Al Kalima University, challenge this problematic viewpoint that ignores the complex role of art.

Dr. Raheb explains in the interview for The Beirut Call that “art is important as a political tool in the context of war and a post-traumatic context. It also is really important as a tool to express oneself.” For decades, art has been used to elevate movements for social justice, as protests around the world have demonstrated. Additionally, when entire communities are rattled and devastated, emotional healing via art is vital. No person should have to choose between which basic needs they receive, with the arts being just as essential to short and long-term recovery. 

Can Beirut Recover? Artists Call for Creative Change

Beirut has been called the Paris of the Middle East and right now, this city is experiencing a daily struggle. To meet 21 artists and individuals with their own unique experiences of August 4th, 2020, you can watch the Beirut Call Book Launch, and see how this anthology is just one part of elevating the lives of people directly impacted by the aftermath of the explosion.

Featured artists, activists, academics, and change-makers include Anthony Semaan, Carmen Yahchouchi, Cliff Makhoul, Dorine Potel Darwiche, Faten Yaacoub, Frank Darwiche, Joelle Sfeir, Katia Aoun Hage, Linda Tamim, Loulou Malaeb, Nada Raphael, Roula Salibi, Nadia Wardeh, Roula-Maria Dib, Omar Sabbagh, Rabih Rached, Wadih Al-Asmar, Reine Abbas, and Roula Douglas, with a foreword by Mitri Raheb and an introduction by Pamela Chrabieh.

21 profiles of artists in black and white for The Beirut Call Virtual Book Launch.
21 artists speak to greater hopes, daily life, and demands for change in The Beirut Call Virtual Book Launch. You can learn more or purchase the anthology here.

Support Artists Leading Recovery and Social Justice Efforts in Beirut

Dr. Pamela Chrabieh, Dr. Mitri Raheb, and Ms. Roula Salibi are largely responsible for making this anthology possible, and for creating a space for individual stories to be heard and shared across the world. When you purchase The Beirut Call, proceeds help Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture as they fund artists, arts NGOs, and small creative enterprises’ projects in Lebanon.

The book transcends the borders of Lebanon as contributors address worldwide issues of war, peace, memory, history, identity, creativity, cultural resistance, resilience, artistic activism, human rights, feminism, social justice, intercultural dialogue.

You can learn more about this new anthology and purchase your copy today at: https://elyssarpress.com/books/the-beirut-call-arts-resilience-resistence/.

SOURCE: ELYSSAR PRESS, REDLANDS-CALIFORNIA, USA (AUGUST 3, 2021).

Nabad in Atlantico.fr: Making Changes in the Arts and Culture Scene in Lebanon following the Beirut Port Blast

We are more than pleased to have our Nabad program mentioned by journalist Maya Khadra in Atlantico.fr as one of the change-makers in the arts and culture scene in Lebanon.

Read the article “Un an après l’explosion du port de Beyrouth le Liban entre résilience et crise sans fin” (August 4, 2021) HERE.▲

Empty Fridges in Lebanon

“My relation to food has never been an easy, rudimentary relation; on the contrary, I have always experienced food as more than food: food as peace and war, exile and belonging, exclusivism, inclusivism and pluralism, unity and diversity; food as contradictory emotions, fluid frontiers, interpenetrations, and grey zones. This multilayered experience formed both the conscious and unconscious cornerstone of the Peace Education approach I started to develop when I first taught at the University of Montreal in Canada in 2004. At that time, using food to teach about Religions of the World and Interreligious-Intercultural Dialogue was a novelty. My students were pleasantly surprised and my colleagues intrigued. I developed my food-related activities based on my own experience with food and used my stories and my students’ as my framework. It took me several years, three countries, five universities, and thousands of students to be able to improve the practice, gather data and analyze it, understand its impact and validate or deconstruct the Food Studies theories I became familiar with later on.

This deconstruction-reconstruction is ongoing, but it has become extremely challenging with the multiform crises hitting Lebanon since 2019: political, socio-economic, sanitary (with the Covid-19 pandemic), and the impact of the third-largest non-nuclear blast in the history of mankind. What can our individual and collective relationships with food be when poverty continues to surge — with more than 50% of the population living under the poverty line –, when the currency lost more than 80% of its value, when unemployment has risen to more than 35%, when divisions among Lebanon’s political and sectarian factions are marking our everyday life (including food security), when people fight in supermarkets, and when most fridges have become empty? How can we think of food, and what roles can it play when everything is falling apart?”

(EMPTY Fridges, text and sketch by Dr. Pamela Chrabieh, published by Indelible – Dubai).

Source:
https://indeliblelit.com/2021/06/19/art-empty-fridges-by-pamela-chrabieh/

Thank you dear Roula-Maria Dib for the feature and congratulations!! A wonderful issue!

We had to do something following the Beirut port blast

This summer marks the release of the anthology The Beirut Call: Harnessing Creativity for Change, a collection [by the Nabad program – Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture] from Elyssar Press that features the work of 21 artists, poets, professors, and activists exploring the theme of art as essential, especially in the wake of disasters.

The virtual book launch, hosted by the Shuffle Collective, celebrates this crucial anthology about resilience & resistance culture in Lebanon. Collectively, the art, poetry, academic testimonials, analyses, narratives, and stories in this work and demand social change.

Below are just a few highlights from this virtual event, which you can watch and leave a comment on our Elyssar Press YouTube channel.

Artists and Academics Speak to Art as Essential

Katia Aoun Hage, the founder of Elyssar Press, opened the reading portion of the book launch with her powerful poem “Beyond the screen in my palm,” where the speaker studies her phone filled “with faces of loved ones” while contacting family during the immediate aftermath of the Beirut port explosion.

Cover image of The Beirut Call shows downtown Lebanon at night with street art and many people near a large church with arches and columns.
You can purchase The Beirut Call now as an e-book or hardcover copy.

After setting the stage, Hage welcomed Dr. Mitri Raheb, who spoke to the role of art immediately following the explosion on August 4th of 2020.

“Staying a spectator was not an option,” Dr. Raheb explained in the book launch, “we had to do something.” At the time, Dr. Raheb was in Palestine, where he is the Founder and President of Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, and he also wrote the foreword in The Beirut Call.

Dr. Raheb, along with Dr. Pamela Chrabieh and Roula Salibi are three key people who made this anthology possible. The team at Elyssar Press could not be more impressed by their dedication to the support essential art. This anthology is a result of that sentiment, with proceeds from The Beirut Call going towards Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, as a vibrant and critical effort to fund artists, arts NGOs, and small creative enterprises’ projects in Lebanon.

In the words of Dr. Pamela Chrabieh, from her introduction for the anthology, the “contributions to The Beirut Call inspire us to think about the impacts of arts and culture on cities and urban life […] as well as so many other facets of living.”

At around the 75th minute mark of the book launch, Dr. Chrabieh continued to share powerful words:

“We’re not looking for a light at the end of the tunnel, because we will probably not see that in our lifetime, but at least in our darkest hours, we are surrounded with people who shine—beautiful souls—who are both resistant and resilient.”

-Dr. Pamela Chrabieh, professor & artist

Featured speakers in this book launch also included Anthony Semaan, Carmen Yahchouchi, Cliff Makhoul, Dorine Potel Darwiche, Faten Yaacoub, Frank Darwiche, Joelle Sfeir, Katia Aoun Hage, Linda Tamim, Loulou Malaeb, Nada Raphael, Roula Salibi, Nadia Wardeh, Roula-Maria Dib, Omar Sabbagh, Rabih Rached, Wadih Al-Asmar, Reine Abbas, and Roula Douglas.

21 cropped portraits of the artists, reporters, writers, and professors whose work is in The Beirut Call.

The Beirut Call is a new anthology about resilience & resistance culture in Lebanon. Click the image or here to watch the Book Launch.

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SOURCE: ELYSSAR PRESS, June 22, 2021. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Nabad Event: Gathering Minds and Hearts to support Artists in Lebanon

Nabad (nabad.art) program dinner, June 8 at BEYt (Mar Mikhael). Gathering our partners and celebrating collaborations which have helped us support more than 130 artists, small creative enterprises and arts NGOs in Lebanon in less than 7 months.

A special thank you to Meadows NGO, Haven for Artists, Plan Bey, Beirut Jam Sessions, SPRKL, Elyssar Press, 5D Studios, and The Beirut Call anthology contributors.

There are countless other contributors we would like to thank such as Deafcat Studios, ITS, The Art of Boo, Shuffle Collective in the US, several Lebanese diaspora groups in the US, Europe and the Gulf region, and the local/regional and international press bodies that helped us spread the news about Nabad’s projects such as l’Orient-le-Jour, Agenda Culturel, Nidaalwatan, Janoubia, AlModon, Al Afkar, Libnanews, Virgin Radio Lebanon, l’Amicale des Anciens de Jamhour, Marie Claire Arabia, Executive Women in the UAE, Stars Illustrated Magazine in New York, and Aesthetica Magazine and Elaraby in London.

Thank you again for your trust, diligent efforts, expertise, solidarity, and innovative ways to overcome barriers in our journey through this long, dreary tunnel.

Last but not least, thank you to Tony Sfeir and BEYT’s community for hosting our event.

Nabad in Aesthetica Magazine Issue 101: supporting artists in Lebanon and Southwestern Asia

We are more than pleased to have our Nabad program featured in both the digital and printed versions of Issue 101 of Aesthetica Magazine, Recharge and Reset, p.134.

This edition looks at artists and curators who are initiating change. It includes features on Palm Springs Modernism and on the confrontation of gender imbalance in the gallery setting. Also included are interviews with Berlin-based South African artist Robin Rhode and German architectural photographer and winner of the ING Unseen Talent Award, Andrea Grützner.

Aesthetica is one of the three best art magazines in the world.