hear me out II

This intervention takes place at the Muntplein in Brussels during the day on Friday October 12, 2018 without an audience. It will be documented and mapped in different ways and subsequently presented and discussed on Friday evening, October 12, 2018, at 8pm in conversation with Sepake Angiama and Hana Miletić.


Hear Me Out has emerged from research carried out within the BAK Fellowship Program (2017/18), Utrecht. The performance departs from moments Hassanain identified as thresholds—particular gatherings taking place in public space that have resulted in tensions between the people and the governing powers/state. These conflicts reveal the apparent misalignments between the people’s choice to use public spaces and the hidden limits imposed by the powers that be on public space. Hear Me Out II focuses on movements and actions derived from incidents of gathering from the artist’s milieu in Khartoum—the performers will be walking through the Muntplein area humming, singing lyrics, and voicing statements in both Arabic and English, fusing political songs with their audible political demands. Drinking tea in public space is an act that alludes to the struggle over the use of public space by tea ladies in Khartoum. In combining the act of walking and drinking tea, Hassanain tries to open up possibilities of different architectural, social, and political meanings and functions in and for a public space such as the Muntplein.

Ola Hassanain

Ola Hassanain is an artist with degrees in architecture, cultural identity, and globalization. She has an MFA with distinction from HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht. She was a 2017/18 Fellow at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. Her videos, texts, performances, and installation-based and photographic work produce intriguing artwork that is informed by the cultural, political, and societal position of women in Khartoum, including her own experiences and her family’s diaspora. Her projects deal with the link between women, public space, and public order legal policies in Khartoum and her involvement in the Dutch art scene has been critical in developing her work on opening up investigations of the role of architecture and our perception of “space” as a political discourse. Hassanain lives and works between Utrecht and Khartoum.