Darat Al Funun

Our story goes back to 1988 when we launched an initiative to support the arts and artists of Jordan and the Arab world. We are today a home for the arts housed in six renovated historical buildings and warehouses, with a restored archaeological site in the garden

Darat al Funun actively pursues its mission in providing a platform for contemporary Arab artists. We support art practices and artistic exchange. We stimulate critical discourse and research. Visiting and artists-in-residence produce and show their work. Academics and artists give talks or workshops. The Lab is open to projects by emerging artists. We program educational activities for young people and students. Our art library, publications, films and digital archives are open for research and documentation.

Saturday to Thursday: 10am - 7pm (closed Fridays)


February 19, 20196:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Talks / Public Events / Darat Al Funun

Talk by Jeff O'Brien entitled : The Right to Be Seen: Writing After the Disaster

“There is infinite hope—but not for us.” Franz Kafka

How does one archive the absent, the immaterial, the inaccessible at times of crisis? How does one make visible disappeared and displaced populations? In the aftermath of the 1975-1990 Lebanese Civil War, how might the production of latent images and spectral, deferred archives speak for the dead and disappeared? In approaching these questions, this talk will look at the work of Lebanese artists Akram Zaatari, Lamia Joreige, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, explored ...

February 20, 2019 to March 14, 201910:00 am - 7:00 pm
Exhibtitions / Public Events / Darat Al Funun

For the 30th anniversary, Darat al-Funun invited artists from all disciplines to pause and reflect, to re-imagine our world, and to reinvent their narrative, following the challenge set by Mahmoud Darwish in his poem ‘To a Young Poet’:

Truth is black, write over it
with a mirage’s light.

Three consecutive exhibitions were held over 2018, of which this is the closing one. As in the two previous iterations, this third exhibition does not offer one reading of the past or the present. The artists offer a ...

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