THE HANGAR

AN INDEPENDANT CULTURAL SPACE IN DAHIYEH (Southern Suburbs of Beirut)

Situated on the premises of UMAM D&R, THE HANGAR today represents the only institutionally independent cultural space in Dahiyeh. As such, it has served continually as the organization’s permanent meeting place where people from the surrounding neighborhood, artists and culture practitioners, members of diverse organizations and audiences from throughout Lebanon and the region can gather to exchange ideas, perspectives and viewpoints.

As an independent platform, THE HANGAR facilitates debate and exchange through artistic and other experimental methods. These approaches and events include but certainly are not limited to roundtables and structured conferences, film screenings, exhibitions and installations. Among many other functions, this platform stimulates individual and collective reflection on Lebanon’s past and memory by promoting artistic, cultural and academic practices associated with the use of archives.

THE HANGAR recently initiated a residency program, where contributors to the ongoing debate on the use of documents in contemporary art and cultural studies challenge participating local, regional and international artists, including scholars and curators, to seek answers to several pervasive and imperative considerations. These include, how research can affect the creative process and vice versa, the role artistic contribution plays in collective reflection on the past and how visual art can invent new frames for archival displays. In producing their work, residents consult UMAM’s collection, which includes its significant archives. Once complete, these projects are placed on public display in THE HANGAR.

THE HISTORY OF THE HANGAR

Located in the popular southern suburbs of Beirut, THE HANGAR was built in the mid-1950s on property number 155 in Haret Hreik. Originally, the Abela family used the space to house part of its business. At the end of the 1960s, the family decided to move its business closer to Beirut International Airport. Beginning in the early 1970s, THE HANGAR was used by a company that purchased eggs wholesale and resold them to local merchants and small shops. With the onset of the civil war in 1975, the company closed and a small printing press replaced it only to quickly collapse, marking the end of the THE HANGAR’s first historical chapter. The building remained deserted until early 2004 when UMAM D&R, situated in one of Dahiyeh’s last remaining villas, became its guardian, investing in renovations in order to transform THE HANGAR into a vibrant artistic and cultural platform. THE HANGAR’s project is an effort to resuscitate the tranquil, pluralistic spirit that once motivated its neighborhood, without ignoring the real transformations that have occurred in Dahiyeh overtime. The space reunites the current local population with those who left for the mountains or Beirut’s city center during the war years, hosting events such as exhibitions, screenings, workshops, performances and roundtables.

EVENTS AT THE HANGAR

THE NEW NORMAL | Exhibition curated by Murat Adash and Hiba Farhat | March 10 – 12, 2017

ZYARA… THE FIRST 8 EPISODES | Films by Home of Cine-Jam | March 23, 2016

UNTIL FURTH NOTICE… | Documentary by UMAM D&R | February 24, 2016

WAGONS LIBRES | Talk-Fiction by Sandra Iché | May 21, 2015

GOLDEN RECORD | Installation by Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige | May 3 – 30, 2015

PIPE DREAMS | Installation by Ali Cherri | May 3 – 30, 2015

STUDIO BAALBECK AT THE HANGAR | Exhibition by UMAM D&R | June 7 – July 31, 2014

THE GERMAN CHAIR | Rehearsals for a Live Performance | January – April 2013

IT’S HAPPENING NOW… | Photo Exhibition by Alessio Romenzi | June 29 – July 29, 2012

BY HOOK OR BY CROOK | Installation by Edward Salem | April 27 – June 17, 2012

NEWYESTERDAY | Dance Performance by The Taldans Company | April 21, 2012

PORTES OUVERTES | Installation by Alfred Tarazi | April 13, 2012

BADNA NAAREF | Launch of Website | March 10, 2012

WATERFRONT | Exhibition by Hala Younes | January 26 – February 26, 2012

THE HANGAR ART BRUNCH | Organized by UMAM D&R | December 18, 2011

NO VACANCY – THE LAST DAYS OF THE CARLTON | Installation by Estefanía Loaiza | October 11 – December 19, 2011

HIP-HOP | Concert by Native Deen | September 23, 2011

REDEMPTION AND LIBERATION IN THE CITY SIGNIFYING SPACES | Presentations by Global Prayers | June 21, 2011

CARSTEN NIEBUHR FESTIVAL | Film Screenings | June 16, 2011

MONOPOLIS – A HOUSE OF CARDS | Installation by Souheil Sleiman | May 13 – June 11, 2011

A BUS AND ITS REPLICAS… | Exhibition by Houssam Bokeili | April 8 – May 1, 2011

12 ANGRY LEBANESE | Documentary by Zeina Daccashe | December 10, 2010

CHOU SAR? | Documentary by De Gaulle Eid | November 26, 2010

AN ARMY OF ANTS | Fiction by Wissam Charaf | October 5, 2010

GHAZA HOSPITAL | Documentary by Marco Pasquini | September 18, 2010

OPEN SHUTTER IRAQ | A Photographic Project by Eugenie Dolberg | May 14 – 23, 2010

IN THEIR BLOOD | Fiction by Katia Jarjoura | April 27, 2010

BOOKS FROM THE BATTLEFIELDS | Exhibition by UMAM D&R | April 20 – May 9, 2010

SEARCHING FOR HASSAN | Documentary by Edouard Beau | April 2, 2010

ROOM 103 | Photo Exhibition by Jeroen Kramer | March 19 – April 2, 2010

MIGRATION ALLEY | Documentary by Karim al Hakim | March 16, 2010

IN PLACE | Documentary by Monika Borgmann & Lokman Slim | November 17, 2009

AT DAY BREAK | Documentary by Natalia Diaz | July 3, 2009

THE WAR THROUGH ITS MEMORIALS | Exhibition by UMAM D&R | June 12 – 29, 2009

KIDNAPPÉS | Documentary by Bahij Hojeij | April 28, 2009
NOS LIEUX INTERDITS | Documentary by Leila Kilani | April 28, 2009

US/THEM II | Photo Exhibition by Peter Riedlinger | April 24 – May 10, 2009

SPOTLIGHT ON STEREOTYPES | Lebanese – Danish Night | April 14, 2009

SHATILA – PASSAGE TO PALESTINE | Documentary by Pepe Danquart | March 31, 2009

RING OF FIRE | Fiction by Bahij Hojeij | March 4, 2009

FROM WAR TO RECONCILIATION | Documentary by ADYAN | January 28, 2009

SO IT WILL BE ONLY A MEMORY… WOMEN FIGHTERS | Documentary by Sahar Assaf | January 28, 2009

INARA | Photo Exhibition by Annette Den Ouden | December 4 – 8, 2008

LE LIBAN DANS LA TOURMENTE | Documentary by Jocelyne Saab | November 26, 2008

MY PLACE IN BETWEEN | Installation by Nathalie Harb and Alys Williams | November 7 – 21, 2008

BEYROUTH FANTOME | Fiction by Ghassan Salhab | October 11, 2008

A PERFECT DAY | Fiction by Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige | October 10, 2008

MISSING | Fiction by Costa Gavras | October 9, 2008

SMILE PLEASE! | Studio Photography in the Style of Mathesie (Ger) & Al-Marj (Leb) | June 18 – July 9, 2008

LIVE DEBRIS | Exhibition curated by Taylor Stevenson | May 22 – June 6, 2008

HOW BEAUTIFUL IS PANAMA | A Photographic Conversation from Burj Al-Shamali Camp | May 2 – 18, 2008

ALGÉRIE – PHOTOGRAPHIES D’UNE GUERRE SANS IMAGES | Exhibition by Michael von Graffenried | April 4 – 20, 2008

BESIDES | Photography Exhibition curated by Frauke Eigen | October 19 – November 4, 2007

MUSLIMS OF BRITAIN | Photo Exhibition by Peter Sanders | October 5 – 10, 2007

COLLECTING DAHIYEH | Exhibition by UMAM D&R | May 24 – June 16, 2007

COMME DES MARCHEURS QUI CONSTRUISENT LE SOL | Installation by Dominique Kippelen | May 25 – June 11, 2006

SREBRENICA – CRIME & PUNISHMENT | Event curated by UMAM D&R | April 27 – May 14, 2006

OPERATION 9 | Installation by Noël Nasr | March 22 – April 9, 2006

SHATILA – PASSAGE TO PALESTINE | Documentary by Pepe Danquart | December 8, 2005

MASTERS OF THE WALLS | Exhibition by Fadi Toufiq | September 16 – October 1, 2005

RUE DU MOT PERDU | Installation by Nathalie Harb | June 23 – July 7, 2005

FORGET BAGHDAD | Documentary by Samir | May 20, 2005

BAGHDAD STORIES | Photo Exhibition by Philipp Abresch | April 27 – May 7, 2005