The Hangar, an UMAM Documentation & Research project, is an independent platform that facilitates debate and exchange through artistic and cultural practices. It seeks to stimulate reflection on past individual and collective memories and art practices related to the use of archives.
Located in the popular southern suburbs of Beirut, The Hangar transitioned from a busy warehouse built in the 1950s to an interdisciplinary public space in 2004.
As part of the ongoing debate on the use of documents in contemporary art, The Hangar’s new residency program for local, regional and international artists, scholars and curators interested in experimenting with archival assets seeks to answer questions such as:
- How can research impact the creation process and vice versa?
- What role does artistic contribution play in collective reflection on the past?
- How can visual art invent new frames for archival displays?
The residency program is intended to commission artistic projects for UMAM’s collection. These will range from books and periodicals to written, audiovisual and artifact elements related primarily to Lebanon’s recent history.
A space in the making, The Hangar continues to host regular events, such as exhibitions, screenings, workshops, performances and roundtables, and it emphasizes cooperation with social and educational bodies. This user-friendly meeting point will grow to include a library, bookshop and concept cafeteria.
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 Peñafiel 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
CONFRONTING MEMORIES 17 | 12 ANGRY LEBANESE | Documentary by Zeina Daccashe | December 10, 2010
CONFRONTING MEMORIES 16 | CHOU SAR? | Documentary by De Gaulle Eid | November 26, 2010
CONFRONTING MEMORIES 15 | AN ARMY OF ANTS | Fiction by Wissam Charaf | October 5, 2010
CONFRONTING MEMORIES 14 | GHAZA HOSPITAL | Documentary by Marco Pasquini | September 18, 2010
OPEN SHUTTER IRAQ | A Photographic Project by Eugenie Dolberg | May 14 – 23, 2010
CONFRONTING MEMORIES 12 | IN THEIR BLOOD | Fiction by Katia Jarjoura | April 27, 2010
BOOKS FROM THE BATTLEFIELDS | Exhibition by UMAM D&R | April 20 – May 9, 2010
CONFRONTING MEMORIES 11 | SEARCHING FOR HASSAN | Documentary by Edouard Beau | April 2, 2010
ROOM 103 | Photo Exhibition by Jeroen Kramer | March 19 – April 2, 2010
CONFRONTING MEMORIES 10 | MIGRATION ALLEY | Documentary by Karim al Hakim | March 16, 2010
CONFRONTING MEMORIES 8 | IN PLACE | Documentary by Monika Borgmann & Lokman Slim | November 17, 2009
CONFRONTING MEMORIES 7 | AT DAY BREAK | Documentary by Natalia Diaz | July 3, 2009
THE WAR THROUGH ITS MEMORIALS | Exhibition by UMAM D&R | June 12 – 29, 2009
CONFRONTING MEMORIES 6 | KIDNAPPÉS | Documentary by Bahij Hojeij | April 28, 2009
CONFRONTING MEMORIES 6 | 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
CONFRONTING MEMORIES 5 | SHATILA – PASSAGE TO PALESTINE | Documentary by Pepe Danquart | March 31, 2009
CONFRONTING MEMORIES 4 | RING OF FIRE | Fiction by Bahij Hojeij | March 4, 2009
CONFRONTING MEMORIES 3 | FROM WAR TO RECONCILIATION | Documentary by ADYAN | January 28, 2009
CONFRONTING MEMORIES 3 | 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
CONFRONTING MEMORIES 2 | 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
LAUNCH OF CONFRONTING MEMORIES | BEYROUTH FANTOME | Fiction by Ghassan Salhab | October 11, 2008
LAUNCH OF CONFRONTING MEMORIES | A PERFECT DAY | Fiction by Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige | October 10, 2008
LAUNCH OF CONFRONTING MEMORIES | 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
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