Samah Hijawi

Godefroid: The Bastard Son of Antar Bin-Shaddad

by / with

Creation & performance: Samah Hijawi | Dramaturgy: Reem Shilleh | Technician Gregor Van Mulders | Production: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek | Co-production: BOZAR, Chaire Mahmoud Darwich, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Moussem, A.M. Qattan Foundation, KAAP | Coaches: Frederik Le Roy, Sana Ghobbeh, Einat Tuchman & Lilia Mestre.
With the support of: de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, MMAG Foundation, Nadine, en De School van Gaasbeek.

Première in M-Museum 15,16,17.11.19 - 16:00  - Playground Festival - free entrance

A story that jumps through time and across geographies brings the artist and her grandmother in Palestine, together with two well-known European personalities; Godefroid de Bouillon, known as the first king of Jerusalem, and the 16th-century painter Pieter Bruegel. Time collapses as we travel back and forth across millennia—from Jerusalem, to Brussels, to London, and back to Jerusalem. Following the non-linear hakawati structure of epic story-telling, personalities and images are playfully displaced and re-contextualized in a colonialist history. Using different forms of collage Hijawi tactfully invites us to look with her at how power is deeply embedded in canonized European artworks.


Samah Hijawi is an artist and researcher currently doing her PhD in Art Practice at ULB and the Academie Royale Des Beaux Art de Bruxelles, Belgium. In her multi-media works she explores the aesthetics of representation in artworks that allude to the histories of Palestine. This performance is part of a larger body of work entitled Chicken Scribbles and the Dove that Looks like a Frog.

performance / moussem co-production

free 15/11/19 - 17/11/19