A self-described progressive social creative space, MINUS 1 welcomes you underground, providing an area for shows, events, exhibitions, book signing, art performances, film screenings, workshops and much more.
Underneath the city of Beirut, the cultural atmosphere has successfully and continuously provided artists in Lebanon to come exhibit their talent and art over the past few years and has solidified its uniqueness by focusing primarily on Lebanese art and artists.
Nisrine Faddoul, a communication arts graduate, is the brain behind MINUS 1. She completely transformed a dark, underground basement into a beautiful artistic getaway. MINUS 1 also provides a service as an atelier for those who wish to create art but do not have the space to do so at home.
The community organization has been nothing short of a labor of love, for Lebanese artist Raymonda Adib, art director and manager of MINUS 1. “We do everything to make this place a home for artists, even if they just want to use the internet and drink coffee or read a book in the library. Foreign visitors had a better understanding of our concept than the Lebanese, as we don’t charge for most services, so it confuses people here, even now! After a year and a half!”
Unconventional, yet creative, the donation box does not only take money, but any donation that regular and one time-visitors bring as a gift to decorate MINUS 1. Some have even brought from Cuba, Ecuador and Nepal, leaving behind a piece of themselves in the space they love so much.
One special aspect of this place, is that it transforms on a daily basis; the crowds are even different. One day it is an art gallery, the next day a stand-up comedy show is taking place. The day after you would find a garage sale. On quiet days it is an office for artists, who need a place to write and drink coffee.
A cuddly place during the winter and fall, enriching outdoor programs are created during the summer. This year, the major event being prepared, is an urban getaway taking place in August 8 & 9, near Bhamdoun. A large outdoor nature camp, tents have been made ready for all budding and old artists, painters, photographers, musicians, craftsmen and women, writers, spiritualists who need a creative space in nature, away from the city. For those who are interested to join, please find the contact information below as well as the atelier’s map.