Announcement Antwerp

During 1 week the Red Star Line Museum invites 4 artists who, through their own story, take us into the lives of people fleeing their homes.
The artists told their story to interviewers (alias ‘field workers’) of the museum, as part of the European project Specially
Unknown. For the occasion they present an artistic interpretation of their story for a select group of guests.



The evenings take place in an intimate setting on the mezzannine of the Red Star Line Museum. Samuel Pinillos and Vida Razavi, fieldworkers in the museum, you welcome and moderate the evenings. With an international group on stage, English is the main language during the performances, as well as afterwards during the panel discussions and the interaction with the audience. The final conclusion of the evening will be held in Dutch.
The evenings are free and start at 8 pm. Sign up quickly because the places are limited!




The four evenings are each in the theme of a meaningful period in the lives of the artists. The themes also appear in all the interviews that the fieldworkers conducted in the context of this project.
Be welcome for the complete series or come by for an evening!


REMEMBRANCE: life in the homeland


Monday 29 April 2019 – 20:00-22:00
“The daughter of Dilbi – Bent el Dlbi’.
Stories and songs by Sally Ghannoum
Singer Sally Ghanoum left Syria in 2015. She still wonders what the country means to her. Is it just a piece of land or does it stand for more? Through the symbolic story of the Dilbi tree, Sally tells us how she can feel at home. When she lacks words, Syrian music takes over from its absence.


FLIGHT: on the way to another place


Wednesday 1 May 2019 – 20:00-22:00
“Crossing worlds – Domozos memories
A visual performance by Saif Lama ‘a, a.k.a Domozy (EN)
Visual artist Saif Lama ‘a (stage name Domozy) fled Syria in 2010. He remembers the journey down to the smallest details, as if it was yesterday. With brushstrokes, colours and lines he puts his memoirs on canvas and tells a visual story.


BELGIUM: the moment of arrival


Friday 3 May 2019 – 20:00-22:00
“Performing the self – the interview
A video installation of Enrica Camporesi with Fady Al Ghorra.
In 2014 actor Fady Al Ghorra left Palestine behind. He sought and applied for asylum in Belgium, a procedure that posed him many dilemmas. Together with the Italian director Enrica Camporesi, he depicts the constant struggle between what the law dictates and what human nature demands. An intimate dialogue that highlights different perspectives of the truth.


IMPACT OF MIGRATION: a new beginning?


Sunday 5 May 2019 – 20:00-21:00
“I am Hussein, who are you?
A monologue of Hussein Mahdi, accompanied by Luk Nys (NL)
Theatre maker Hussein Mahdi fled Iraq in 2015. He has lived in Belgium for three years. He is looking for motivations to build his future in Europe and is looking for his place in society. Hussein enters into a dialogue with the audience and wants to know who they are and what they are looking for.



Director Andrés Lübbert, also field worker of the Red Star Line Museum, makes a film of the evenings. The result will be shown in the museum this autumn.