Dr. Pamela Chrabieh in STARS Illustrated Magazine New York

STARS illustrated magazine February-March 2021 issue, Dossier Loubnan (Art book edition) is now available. Published by Times Square Press New York, and Stars Illustrated New York.

Interview with/Entretien avec Dr. Pamela Chrabieh, p. 84. About her art and the nabad.art program which she is managing in Lebanon for Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture.
NABAD Program; The hope Lebanese artists were looking for.
https://bit.ly/39eXVtP

تفجير بيروت: حكاية أمل وألم … ورشة عمل تركّز على المتضررين واحتياجاتهم النفسيّة والاجتماعيّة

واستعرَضَت د. باميلا شرابيّة فكرة مشروع “نبض 2021” والذي يهدف الى اعادةِ احياءِ الواقع اللبناني من خلالِ الفن، حيث كانت كليّة دار الكلمة الجامعية للفنون والثقافة قد أطلقته قبلَ عدّة أيام

Read the full article: nidaalwatan, 09-12-2020

THE POWER OF ART IN TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY, by Dr. Pamela Chrabieh

With millions of people either in lockdown or on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic, and continuous socio-economic and political crises in Southwestern Asia and North Africa, we all need a reminder that art can build bridges across differences, and relays messages of resistance, resilience and hope.

Audrey Azoulay, head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) stated the following on the first celebration of World Art Day in April 2020: “Bringing people together, inspiring, soothing and sharing: these are the powers of art”. And these powers are needed today more than ever, whether to face divisions, or address self-isolation, precariousness, loss, traumas and vulnerability.

However, keeping the arts alive and kicking requires a multiform support of artists, arts organizations and creative enterprises, both emerging and established, marginalized and visible; it also requires listening to the diversity of artistic talents and promoting the democratization of art or access to art for all.

In that sense, Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture has launched NABAD, an innovative program that encompasses art intervention, outreach, empowerment and art content production in Southwestern Asia and North Africa.

This program emerged in response to the August 4 port explosions in Beirut, and strives to become a beacon of support for artists and creative enterprises in the region, with a focus on marginalized arts and culture communities — youth, women, minorities, vulnerable groups, etc. 

The Beirut explosions left more than 200 dead, over 7,000 injured, 300 000 homeless, and they wrecked an already fragile art and cultural scene. Indeed, major art galleries and museums were either partly damaged or completely destroyed, along with countless smaller art venues and enterprises which play an important role in supporting their local communities: from providing a hometown feel for localities and personal customer service, to sparking healthy competition with larger competitors and encouraging innovation and creativity by adding unique spins on the artworks and activities they offer.

NABAD is a heartbeat embedded with the larger beating heart of local and regional arts and culture life, a vital impulse of hope amid war, destruction and instability, and a driving pulsation towards social and community transformation. In other words, it is a call to participate in a strong impetus for a culture of peace and social inclusion by tapping into creativity, as art brings us closer together and helps us live with one another.

It is also a call to pay tribute to and support artists who are engaged in transforming their communities and strengthening the links between artistic creation and society although they have to face multiple challenges during these unprecedented times.

Engaging with art and harnessing its powers are urgently needed, as many feel untouched by the problems of others, or are overwhelmed, disconnected, not empowered … And this is where art can make a difference, as Olafur Eliasson states: “art can mitigate the numbing effect created by the glut of information we are faced with today, motivate people to turn thinking into doing (…), encourage us to cherish intuition and uncertainty, and help us create points of contact that take us beyond an us-and-them mentality to a broader idea of what constitutes WE”.

By Dr. Pamela Chrabieh, Director of SPNC Learning & Communication Expertise, University Professor, & Visual Artist.

Source: executive-women.me, 01-12-2020

Lancement du programme Nabad — L’Orient-le-Jour

Le programme Nabad a comme objectifs en 2020-2021 de fournir un support financier à des artistes, des ONGs et de petites entreprises créatives qui ont été sévèrement touchés par les explosions du port de Beyrouth, et de promouvoir le rôle des arts et de la culture locale dans la transformation de la société en vue d’un meilleur avenir.

Pour plus d’informations: nabad.art
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nabad.art/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nabad.art/

Source: L’Orient-le-Jour, Beyrouth, 28 novembre 2020.

Lancement du Programme Nabad pour les Arts et la Culture au Moyen-Orient

L’Université Dar al-Kalima pour les arts et la culture annonce le lancement de NABAD en réponse aux explosions du port de Beyrouth du 4 août 2020.

Ce programme innovateur en Asie du Sud-Ouest et en Afrique du Nord se veut de soutenir en 2020-2021 des artistes, des ONGs et de petites entreprises créatives au Liban, ainsi que de sensibiliser tant le public local que celui de la diaspora libanaise aux productions artistiques et culturelles émergentes ou marginalisées.

Un appel aux artistes est disponible sur la page de NABAD en vue d’exposer gratuitement leurs œuvres en ligne – consultez https://nabad.art/ pour plus d’informations.

SOURCE: AGENDA CULTUREL https://www.agendaculturel.com/article/lancement-du-programme-nabad

Artist Pamela Chrabieh’s “Peace Collection” in Indelible Dubai

I was born and raised in the 1970s-1980s war in Lebanon. My experience as a war survivor has marked my writing and art, as has fueld my quest for peace.

As I see it, peace is not only about ceasefires, the end of bloodshed, the absence of hostilities, and a state of mutual concord between governments, as war is both “physical” and “psychological”.

Peace is about accountability for violence, openness, generosity, clemency, and catharsis.

Peace is and should be a transformation process within mindsets, a celebration of interconnected life and unity in the diversity of complex identities.

As long as the legacy of violence is not addressed within ourselves and our societies, we will remain lost, cut off from connection, living in a never-ending apocalypse of carnages and tortured souls and bodies.

Dr. Pamela Chrabieh is a scholar, writer, visual artist, and activist. Author of several books and papers with a 20+ year experience in higher education, communication, content creation, and the arts, she has exhibited her artworks in Canada, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, and Italy. Previously Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the American University in Dubai, she currently owns and manages a Beirut-based company offering expertise in Learning and Communication. 
http://pamelachrabiehblog.com and http://spnc.co

Source: Indelible

A Colored Day at Qalamoun North of Lebanon

Amazing day with the inhabitants of Qalamoun, shooting videos, interviewing “Qalamoun in colors” project’s beneficiaries, tasting authentic bread and lemonade, and enjoying the hospitality of the mayor and the locals.
“Qalamoun in colors” is a Cash for work employment project that focuses on the rehabilitation and beautification of the Qalamoun market and public spaces. It creates ownership as youth and the community are actively involved in the design and execution of the project, generates short-term income opportunities, and aims to strengthen community cooperation. Implemented by GIZ Local Development Programme for Urban Areas in North Lebanon  in partnership with Utopia Lebanon and the Municipality of Qalamoun through financial support of the European Union and Germany.
#eastlinedigital

Appel à une médecine d’urgence au Liban

“L’interdiction du concert de Mashrou’ Leila et la polémique qui fait rage depuis plusieurs jours sur les réseaux sociaux m’ont fait penser aux écrits de Mohammad Arkoun, éminent érudit algérien qui remit en question la cristallisation de plusieurs types de discours, notamment religieux.

Arkoun plaidait pour une pratique intellectuelle libre et libératrice, dans une perspective de dépassement dégagée des postulats dogmatiques, ce qui malheureusement est devenu une denrée rare au Liban.

En effet, face à la montée des fanatismes, l’exacerbation des identités meurtrières, le recul des libertés, la sacralisation de la politique et la radicalisation des discours et pratiques, on ne peut qu’appeler à promouvoir cette pensée en tant que médecine d’urgence : une pensée humaniste, ouverte au semblable et au différent, conviviale, incitant à l’écoute mutuelle, au respect et à la désinstrumentalisation du religieux lorsqu’il est à la merci – souvent de façon outrancière – des manipulations idéologiques.

Cette pensée aiderait une partie des Libanais à désapprendre ce qu’ils ont appris suite à des décennies de guerres et de propagation de la peur de l’autre. Désapprendre est un processus et une éducation visant la sortie du système d’exclusion mutuelle, en appliquant l’exercice de la « subversion », qui n’est nullement une destruction ou un rejet, mais qui essaye de comprendre le pourquoi et le comment des choses, de problématiser le canevas épistémologique articulant chaque discours et/ou expression (religieux, politique, littéraire, artistique, etc.).

N’est-il pas temps, en effet, de déconstruire – lorsqu’il le faut – les systèmes de construction du savoir prétendant détenir « la vérité » et offrir des effets de sens ? Et de poser les questions suivantes : jusqu’à quel point les Libanais sont-ils conscients des dimensions idéologiques de leurs discours et de leurs actions ? Quelles structures cognitives emploient-ils dans le but d’interpréter « leurs religions » ? Jusqu’à quel point développent-ils une relation critique entre leur passé et leur présent afin d’avoir un meilleur contrôle sur le futur, et comment cette relation pourrait-elle être effective et créatrice ?

En d’autres termes, nous avons besoin d’une archéologie de discours sédimentés et d’évidences sclérosées, afin de substituer au climat de méfiance et de dénigrement réciproques l’exigence d’une solidarité – voire d’une interpénétration –, en vue de l’exorcisation de la crainte de la perte du sens, de la ruine de l’identité et du crépuscule des valeurs, et afin de dépasser les systèmes de production du savoir, qu’ils soient religieux ou non, qui tentent d’ériger le local, l’historique contingent, l’expérience particulière en universel, en « transcendantal », en « sacré irréductible ».

L’objectif n’est pas de dévaloriser les religions ni les appartenances religieuses, mais d’y puiser ce qui pourrait favoriser l’éclosion de lectures et de pratiques renouvelées de la gestion des diversités au Liban, tout en opérant une ouverture aux discours et pratiques non religieux.

De ce fait, nous sommes appelés à nous engager dans le terrain de la complexité identitaire, à dépasser les frontières dites immuables entre individus et communautés, à sortir des ghettos, à être à l’écoute des attentes et des aspirations de toutes les composantes de la société, à transformer le regard sur l’autre afin qu’il soit dénué de tout projet d’autojustification et le regard sur soi-même pour qu’il ne se complaise pas dans des poncifs convenus”.

Dr. Pamela Chrabieh

L’Orient-le-Jour, Beyrouth, 01/08/2019

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1181145/appel-a-une-medecine-durgence-au-liban.html

Pop Culture and Social Media in the Arab World

I was interviewed by Terrance Mintner about Pop Culture and Social Media in the Arab World. Here are excerpts of the interview: 

Dr. Pamela Chrabieh, a Beirut-based writer and activist, told The Media Line that young people in the Arab world are using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp and Snapchat at an increasingly faster rate despite government controls and restrictions.

“Several studies conducted in the last decade have shown that pop culture and social media have helped Arab youth express and promote alternative political and social discourses and practices to the ‘official, normative, and institutional’ ones,” she said.

Although social media offers opportunities for creative expression and interaction, Chrabieh explained, there are many young people who must use these mediums while constantly negotiating complex and layered pressures to maintain online identities that meet the expectations of their societies, especially in the Gulf region.

“Fageeh’s work [generating online videos, for example] is one of many initiatives in the Arab world that addresses social and political issues. In fact, there has been an explosion of artistic and cultural productions since the 2000s in the forms of music, poetry, theater, graffiti, movies, etc.,” Dr. Chrabieh noted.

“There are of course cultural icons or ‘figureheads’ but we are witnessing the rise and proliferation of cultural democratization and transnational cultures [global cultures], especially when it comes to street art, videos and digital expression.”

Popular culture in the Arab world should not be viewed as byproduct of the Arab Spring, she explained. Even before the uprisings, it played a significant role in creating social and political transformations in response to what she termed “Ottoman and European colonialization.

“Lastly, it is hard to characterize Arab pop culture as one category given the diverse political institutions, regional history and the many different discourses about identity. Nevertheless, popular culture can help make sense of this complexity.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE (February 27, 2019)

CAFCAW Meeting in Jordan: Working for the Renewal of Religious Thought in the Arab World

It’s a wrap! #CAFCAW meeting @Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa, Jordan, January 2019 
CHRISTIAN ACADEMIC FORUM FOR CITIZENSHIP IN THE ARAB WORLD
– FOUNDING MEMBERS/BOARD


لتجديد الفكر والخطاب الديني في العالم العربي وتعزيز الوجود الفعال المسيحي والعمل من أجل مواطنة الوحدة في التنوع وكرامة الإنسان

Dr. Atef Gendy, Dr. Victor Makari, Maya Khadra, Dr. Mitri Raheb, Dr. Pamela Chrabieh, Mary Mikhael