Exhibition: The New Normal

Exhibition Opening | The New Normal
Dates: 10-12 March, 2017
Opening: Friday 10 March from 18:00 to 20:00
Location: The Hangar- Umam & Dawawine

Main exhibition and performance program:
The Hangar – UMAM D&R
10-12 March between Noon to 8pm
Opening: 10 March from 6pm to 8pm hosting live performances

Talk & Screening:
At Dawawine
Date: 11 & 12 March, 2017
From 8pm to 10pm

The New Normal will travel to Istanbul for its second iteration where it will be on show at Supa Salon and other venues from May 5-7, 2017. More information tba. 

The New Normal is an exhibition organized by artists Murat Adash and Hiba Farhat. The inaugural exhibition will take place in Beirut from March 10-12, 2017, followed by a second iteration in Istanbul from May 5-7, 2017. 

As seemingly distant and unlike things are remarkably linked into one another, the new rapidly evolves resembling the familiar as the familiar seems more and more ambiguous. What is most normal is also most strange and horrific. Although these propositions may appear mutually exclusive, in fact they might as well be mutually constitutive.  

In response to the current social order that has implanted itself through recent global events into the new normal reality – the participants in the exhibition will critically investigate, document, identify, etc. what is the abnormal that has become commonplace. The New Normal invited contributions from around 200 international artists, composers, filmmakers, choreographers, writers, scholars, thinkers and individuals from a variety of other disciplines to each create a one-page paper document, which will be on view during the exhibitions. 

Through drawings, sketches, notes, text, manifestos, scripts, recipes, maps, scores among other formats, this show proposes a revision and re-imagining of some of the narratives of the everyday, from an environmental, economic, social and creative perspective.