Belfast Exposed


2nd May - 1st Jun

Can you hear me now?

Can you hear me now?! (2024) is a durational piece based on content shared on the artist’s social media, linked to the resu...

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2nd May - 29th Jun


This exhibition is an ongoing body of work by Chad Alexander. The series was created in Belfast and centres on people, predom...

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25th Sep - 7th Oct

Young People Behind the Lens

Over the summer, a group of young people from Start 360 explored the cityscape of Belfast. They found new ways to see the...

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21st May - 22nd May

Showing the faces of dementia with Alzheimer’s NI

Ahead of the Alzheimer’s Society Annual Conference 2019 (ASAC19), Belfast Exposed was commissioned by Alzheimer’s NI to w...

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Can you hear me now?

Street View

2nd May 2024 to 1st Jun 2024

About The Exhibition

Can you hear me now?! (2024) is a durational piece based on content shared on the artist’s social media, linked to the resulting genocide in Gaza since October 7, 2023.

It aims to highlight the massive amount of information shared in a time of urgency and of massacre, while also amplifying the inactivity and lack of responsiveness that is accompanying such man-made atrocities.

The artist incessantly dubs and repeats “can you hear me now?" over the stories that she had shared between October 7, 2023, and March 7, 2024, the sentence almost transforming into a prayer. The voice and repetition convey the sense of burn-out the situation has pushed her into, exacerbating feelings of helplessness and despair that parallel the hope that accompanied each shared story, the hope that someone would listen, react, and that something would eventually change.

The work raises the question of political idleness and the efficiency of news-sharing, asking how a voice can be heard when the system is built to work against it.


Laetitia El Hakim is a featured artist that the NIMHAF ARTISTS met whilst on residecy in Beirut, Lebanon.

The Artists

Laetitia El Hakim

Artist Biography

Laetitia El Hakim (b. 1993, Lebanon) is a multidisciplinary artist working in Photography, Installation, and Performance. Laetitia explores socio-political dynamics through an anthropological perspective, more specifically through the notions of rituals, memories, and history. Her practice takes performative and storytelling aspects in its execution, oscillating between reality, fiction, the occult and the fantastic. She formed a duo with Tarek Haddad in 2019. Their work was shown in Lebanon, France, and Belgium. They received the Boghossian Visual Arts Residency Award in 2022 for their work. She had residencies at Diaphane pôle photographique x Frac-Picardie, France (2021); at L’abbaye de Jumièges, France (2022); at ESW x Hospitalfield, Scotland (2022); and at Cité Internationale des Arts, France (2023-2024). She presented her first solo exhibition “In mud, rust, and blood” in 2022, in Beirut.  She received the Lebanese Grant Prize at the festival "Les femmes s'exposent”, France.