Alice Mogabgab: 1001 Nights, 1001 Works

La Boite de Faqra Club is a nightclub that thrived during the mid-1970s, a time of civil war and bloodshed that echoes until today. From July 21st until August 26th, the legendary nightclub will be reopening its doors after three decades of closure. The reason? The Alice Mogabgab Gallery.

Double Density by Marc Van Cauwenbergh (2007)

Mogabgab will be deploying an exhibition entitled “Art At The End Of The Night”, bringing together all forms of art, a part of this summer’s cultural event, “1001 Nights, 1001 Works”. The event, inaugurated with cosmopolitan journalist Medea Azouri, presents a unique route, envisioned as a journey in the cosmic cycle, on the edge of a moving temporality.

The exhibition begins at the entrance of L’Auberge de Faqra, leading you to a staircase that takes guests into a room colored with different shades of purple and blue, representing the sky, adorned with constellations, as well as an area decorated with 1001 leaves of the midnight tree. The invited artists come from various backgrounds, among them are: Yoko Fukushima from Japan, Samuel Coisne from Belgium, Emma Rodgers from the UK, and Luciano Zanoni from Italy.

For Mogabgab, the night was, and still is, a major source of inspiration in the history of art: “Over the centuries, the presence of medieval darkness would give birth to works that glorify the light. From the torment of humanity, artists would try to sublimate the color. The night is also solitude, tranquility, being torn apart, dreams, glares, vast starry skies…a universe that this summer’s event tries, humbly, to approach”.

Dune by Charles Belle (2014)

The fascinating exhibition is completed each Saturday with a series of lectures and screenings, all revolving around the same theme, that of the night. An example is “Nos Nuits Sont Plus Belles Que Le Jour”, by USJ Professor Rabih Haddad. The exhibition’s program holds 20 performances, film screenings, talks and presentations, as well as over 60 artworks by 18 artists, all trying to accomplish Mogabgab’s goal: to reproduce the mysterious qualities of the Night.

For the full program, click here.

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