View HUNGER from Manchester Museum on Thursday 22 July 6pm–7pm.

Explore Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe in HUNGER, a site-specific, filmed performance piece with three international artists live-streamed from Manchester Museum on Thursday 22 July 2021.

HUNGER is a unique piece created by international artists Abas El Janabi (Lead Artist), Farjana Kabir and Louison Kangombe at Manchester Museum, responding to the museum’s collections.

The event features a Q&A with the artists.

Follow three security guards during their night shift at Manchester Museum

They wander through the galleries and reflect on how the museum’s collections of African, Middle Eastern, Asian, and European objects connect with their life experiences, their migration to the UK, and their lives here now.

The security guards ask some challenging questions.

How do the museum’s artefacts resonate with today’s global politics?

What are the hidden histories in the museum?

Who owns history?

“Empires are not built, they are taken.”

So, put on your seat belts and travel across history, and see the world as it is now.

Bon voyage!

View the film here:


The project is funded by Arts Council England.


Written and performed by

Abas El Janabi (Lead Artist) with Farjana Kabir and Louison Kangombe


Remi Adefeyisan and Stella Barnes of Community Arts North West (CAN)


Clive Hunte

Sound recording

Gawain Forster, assisted by Clive Hunte

HUNGER is a collaboration between Abas El Janabi, CAN, Manchester Museum, and Manchester City of Literature.


CAN is supported by