Performance of contemporary artist Samah Hijawi Godefroid: The bastard son of Antar Bin-Shaddad (2019)

Performance (in Arabic)

On 4 & 5 December 2019

Performance of contemporary artist Samah HIJAWI (in Arabic)

A story that journeys through space and time brings artist Sama Hijawi and her grandmother together in Palestine. They are in the company of two famous Europeans: the crusader Godfrey of Bouillon and the painter Pieter Bruegel. This eccentric foursome experiences several millennia and  all of the continents. The characters gradually lose all form of context and gain a new place in colonial history. The piece shows us how colonialism is deeply rooted in European art.


Samah Hijawi is a visual artist and researcher of Palestinian origin. Her work deals with such themes as trauma and dislocation in the Middle East and has been exhibited in places including the MoMa in New York and the Beirut Art Center.


Samah Hijawi: performer, concept

Reem Shilleh: dramaturgy

Gregor Van Mulders: technician


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, and De School van Gaasbeek





Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
3 rue de la Régence, 1000 Brussels

In the Old Masters Museum, Rubens Room



free (1st Wednesday of the month)