Resilient communication using art in applied contexts

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Narrating my reflections on the quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and my experience of the crisis in Syria, this paper studies the ways fear can transform into resilience by examining the self-reflexive works Path Out (Causa Creations, 2016) and Another Kind of Girl (You Must know, 2016). Using digital media, the creators of these works of art construct autobiographical, educational, and interactive narratives about coping and belonging in the course of the crisis. I propose viewing both texts as examples of ‘resilient communication’ that reacts to social and cultural issues brought about by crisis and suggests creative solutions that convey optimistic views of the future. Outlining the conventions of resilient communication, in turn, promotes the production of media works that use educational, creative and autobiographical techniques to foster collective resilience.

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