Image: PORT FICTION, website, exhibition, events, Beirut/Hamburg 2023, Photo: © Siska
A project by Moritz Frischkorn, in collaboration with IMAGINE THE CITY
11 November – 9 December 2023
Hosted by Kunsthaus Hamburg
In August 2020, a massive explosion destroyed the port of Beirut and devastated large parts of the city. Nearly 300 people were killed, almost 300,000 left homeless. In the wake of the catastrophe, the political elite failed to support the Lebanese people and living conditions continued to deteriorate due to hyperinflation and the pandemic. To date, nobody has been held responsible for the event.
The interdisciplinary artistic research project PORT FICTION explores the relationship between the port cities of Beirut and Hamburg. After the explosion, a group of artists from both cities began to reinvestigate their personal relationship with the port. Based on an understanding that the two cities cannot be compared, they nevertheless asked: How are they linked to each other, where do they touch?
PORT FICTION is also a model project for the composition of artistic contributions in the form of a digital long read. On the multimedia website, the works of all different artists are interwoven into a collective overall composition. The project is also accessible at www.portfiction.com.
By: Myriam Boulos (photography), Moritz Frischkorn (text), Robin Hinsch (photography), Ibrahim Nehme (text), Siska (photography, video), Nour Sokhon (sound design/musical composition), Kolja Warnecke (web design)
Dramaturgical support by: Kaya Behkalam und Katharina Joy Book
PORT FICTION is a project by Moritz Frischkorn, in collaboration with IMAGINE THE CITY and Kunsthaus Hamburg. The project is supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from NEUSTART KULTUR – the rescue and future-oriented package for the fields in arts and culture, financed by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM). The exhibition and event series are funded by Susanne und Michael Liebelt Stiftungsfond under the roof of Hamburgische Kulturstiftung e.V.