How is life?  Chetori?  چطوری؟

Ramesch Daha,  Fariba Farghadani, Ali Akbar Farzadi, Minoo Iranpour Mobarakeh, Mahroo Movahedi, 

curated by Sibylle Omlin











Exhibition Period: 17/05 – 06/07/2019
Opening hours: Thu & Fri 3 – 7pm, Sat 11am – 3pm
Venue: philomena+, Heinestraße 40/7, 1020 Vienna

The exhibition How is life? Chetori? چطوری؟ aims to explore the area of ​​conflict between artists living in Iran and emigrating from Iran. Based on the selected artists from Iran, an art scene, mainly from Isfahan, will be presented. We will ask about the working condition for artists, important topics and which artistic narrations they need. Isfahan – Iran’s third largest city with about 2 million inhabitants – has a small art scene, an art school and a museum of contemporary art. In addition, an active gallery scene endeavors to provide better remuneration and exchange among the artists.
Ali Akbar Farzadi and Fariba Farghadani paint everyday scenes and symbols – the act of taking off the shoes in front of the house or the red cult car, the Méhari. In her poetic short films, Minoo Iranpour Mobarakeh describes the not always easy encounter between man and woman and, above all, reflects on the position of women in Iranian society. Mahroo Movahedi, born in Isfahan, lives in Switzerland, is researching in a long-term project on the Zayanderud, the river running through Isfahan, which is dry every two or three months due to diversions and congestion projects. Ramesch Daha, who emigrated to Vienna with her family, knows Iran as part of her family history. She does large-scale artistic research projects on historical and current events in Tehran.

An additional program will accompany the exhibition: 
Thursday,  06/06/2019, 7 pm Reading: Nava Ebrahimi, author from Graz with Iranian roots, reads from her book, „Sechzehn Wörter“ (2017), in which she presents a narrative of 16 terms that play a role in Iranian everyday life.
Thursday,  27/06/2019, 7 pm  Expert Talk: Art historian and co-founder of philomena+ Negar Hakim talks about contemporary architecture and buildings in her birthplace Isfahan. Picnic with Iranian food in the front garden of philomena+.




coming soon:

ALAA ABU ASAD   #1 The Assembly
Participatory project: Plant’s observation in the urban sphere

Opening and Story telling: 5 June 2019, 6pm

Venue: front garden of philomena+ 
Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna, Austria

People are invited to look at what doesn’t pretend to be yet another controlled little ‘garden’ on the sidewalk in front of philomena+, where wild and invasive/exotic plants will be put and can grow as they wish.

Through these plants, notions around the history of their migration and later consequences on their environment will be addressed. And as people continually move, together with their plants, they are also invited to bring their own plant and tell its story.

This event is organized in cooperation with  KulturKontakt Austria Federal Chancellery of Austria.

The Right Of Being Lazy

Draft drawing for the installation „The Right of Being Lazy“ by Oscar Cueto

Opening: Wednesday, 5 June 2019, 7pm

05/06 – 30/07/2019

Venue: front garden of philomena+ 
Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna, Austria