Cycles of Collapsing Progress

Parallel Programs

Sursock Museum, Beirut
September 27, 2018 from 7-9PM
Oscar Niemeyer's Fair in Tripoli: A Modern Legacy in Danger:

- "The International and Permanent Lebanon Fair Project and its Antecedents in the Work of Oscar Niemeyer", a talk by Fares el Dahdah, Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Humanities Research Center, Rice University.

- "When the Future Looked Bright, We Didn't Wear Shades", a talk by Bernard Khoury, Architect.

Public lecture & Workshops
AZM University, Tripoli
October 10 to 13, 2018

- "Luis Barragán and Beyond” by architect and founder of the Foundation de Arquitectura Tapita Luis Barragan a.c., Juan Palomar
- Three-day intensive workshop: How Can Architecture Change Cities Today?
Involving architecture students from different universities in Lebanon.

Metropolis Cinema, Empire Sofil
September 24 & 27, 2018 at 6PM
The Matrix for AI et AI., a Film Trilogy of 116 hours by Jalal Toufi
Followed by a discussion with the artist.

Community Involvement

Cycles of Collapsing Progress is an international exhibition, bringing together artists from both Lebanon and Mexico, as well as visitors, media and art experts from around the globe. Basing the exhibition in Tripoli's famous modernist Rashid Karami International Fair grounds by Oscar Niemeyer and the historic Citadel of Saint-Gilles, BeMA approached different civilians from the Tripolitan community to collaborate on this project, as part of its commitment to engage with local communities as well as their disadvantages and marginalized sections.

Women's Advancement Program
Ruwwad al-Tanmeya is an NGO that operates in Tripoli's Bab El-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen (two poverty-stricken, marginalized neighboring communities burdened by sectarian and political strife). The organization provides scholarships to the youth, giving them access to education, enrichment programs and civic engagement opportunities. They also provide education and awareness sessions for the women of both communities, creating income-generating projects that offer vocational training and create job opportunities.

BeMA worked with Ruwwad al-Tanmeya on its Women Advancement program, inviting renowned Chef Joe Barza to offer training to Atayeb Trablos, Ruwwad's production kitchen. Atayeb Trablos' women catered the Cycles of Collapsing Progress sponsors' dinner.

Youth Organizing Program
BeMA collaborated with City University and Ruwwad el-Tanmeya by training their students to mediate the exhibition both at the Fair and Citadel, throughout the length of the project. BeMA engaged the youth by giving them a role to play in an architectural project and artistic exhibition of a big scale, transpiring in their very own hometown, Tripoli. The importance of youth identifying with such events and taking ownership in them subtly nourishes their interest in art and culture.