current exhibition:

Someone has been 
sleeping in my bed

curated by Basak Senova

exhibition: 22/03 – 04/05/2019
Wed to Fri 1pm – 7pm, Sat 10am – 3pm
philomena+, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna

A man is lying on a bed without moving. The position of his body suggests no action by maintaining an immobile posture as if he is dead; it feels like the body will remain completely still. The positioning of his hands raises a suspicion; it is not clear for the viewer whether it was staged to manipulate how the body must be seen and experienced. Nevertheless, the same body posture also stimulates a scene of sleep. Therefore, the photograph creates a tidal situation between life and death.
Each photograph in the Someone Has Been Sleeping in My Bed series displays the same body in distinctly different interior settings that have their unique style, character, theme, fashion, and atmosphere.
Someone Has Been Sleeping in My Bed designates a binary orientation in line with the contemporary discourse of photography: on the one hand, each photograph focuses on visible reality, yet on the other hand, it relates to its photographic trace to various interpretative fields, rooted in pre-existing connotations. Therefore, these photographs question our perception of reality and the medium itself by creating another layer of complexity of vision and gaze on space, time and perspective.

Monday, 25 March, 2019, 7pm: Beyond the Gaze, Panel Discussion at the Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
with Orit Ishay (photo artist), Basak Senova (curator of the exhibition) and Christine Bruckbauer (philomena+)
Moderation: Marina Grzinic, Akademie der bildenden Künste Atelierhaus, Lehargasse 8, 1060 Vienna, 1. OG, Atelier Süd




upcoming exhibition:

How is life?  Chetori?  چطوری؟

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

curated by Sibylle Omlin











Opening: Thursday, 16/05/2019, 7 pm
Exhibition Period: 17/05 – 06/07/2019
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,  23/05/2019, 7 pm Artist Talk: Join artist Ramesch Daha with curator Sibylle Omlin for a conversation about her work, a large-scale artistic research on historical and current events in Tehran.
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+.