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Elephant in the Dark

“Elephant in the Dark” is a blindfold walk performance in museums and public spaces by Nadine Abou Zaki. It engages participants in an exploration based on multi-sensory paths. They will come across strange shapes, sounds, smells, textures, tastes. What does it feel like? What does it smell like? What does it look like? Do we hear the space? How does listening, or not listening, have an influence on our perception? Is there only one valid way to understand and interpret the world and our experience? How does perceptual knowledge lead us to believe each perspective to be the whole truth?

Inspired by a Hindu parable and Jalal ad-Din Rumi’s poem, this performance is an invitation to question our blind beliefs. Each of us believes dogmatically in a single perspective and feels a different dimension of what perceived through our senses. The elephant with all of its detail can only be grasped and known with the eyes of the mind. 

The performance is also a longing for “the right to touch” in museums. It is an invitation to curators to perceive the importance of designing multisensory art experiences and to take into consideration tactility in art. For municipalities and decision makers, it is a call to embrace a culture of accessibility in their planning. 

This performance is supported by The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture - AFAC, in collaboration with MACAM and Red Oak.


Booking is required

The performance is for adults over 16 years old.

The walk lasts approximately an hour. 

Call 03.197 900 or e-mail to

Participation is free of charge


MACAM (Modern and Contemporary Art Museum)

Alita|Byblos, at Nahr Ibrahim, exit Qartaba, 7km uphill