Graduating from the Master Scenography at HKU in 2018, Alaa Minawi has a background as a light designer and scenographer, creating beautiful set and light designs for successful performances by Daria Bukvic and Saman Amini. But it’s his autonomous work that caught our eye. In his performative installations, Minawi uses his visual intelligence to create spaces that immerse the audience in his world – a space where borders are fluid, and where he gently asks the audience about their relationship to ‘belonging’. What decides whether or not you really belong somewhere? By drawing from his personal experience and gently interrogating his audience about their beliefs and values, he creates a safe space to exchange ideas, making political theatre that never feels like it’s lecturing the audience.