Sohrab Kashani & Anahita Razmi


curated by Christine Bruckbauer and Aline Lenzhofer

Wed–Fri 11am–3 pm, Sat 3pm–6pm


Darookhaneh Apotheke Pharmacy is an Iranian pharmacy run by the artists Sohrab Kashani and Anahita Razmi. Its spatial set-up comprises of an installation filled with copies of Iranian pharmaceuticals and medication packages.

Emerging in the aftermath of a global pandemic and a period of shared devastation during which structural inequalities like the unequal distribution of medicine became pressing issues

Dates: 31/05 - 02/06/2024

Independent Space Index is an initiative of Viennese independent spaces, aimed at increasing the visibility of independent artistic production, and strengthening solidarity among like-minded cultural initiatives. philomena+ participates in this year’s edition and opens its doors on the festival dates between 2-6pm.

Anne Glassner & Gagik Arshàk

Opening: Thursday, 06/06/2024, 7pm

Dreams created. Memories preserved. In their collaborative exhibition project Gagik Arshàk and Anne Glassner delve into a world of childhood memories between Waldviertel and Armenia. In multi-sensory setting of a pantry the audience is invited to explore different memories, dreams and their preservation in jars, drawers, and shelves.

Puppet theater by Gagik Arshàk

Thursday, 13/06/2024,  4 pm at Volkertmarkt (next to the youth center)

Thursday, 04/07/2024,  4 pm at Venediger Au (in the park next to the playground and kindergarden)

With his reinvented Armenian puppet theater, Gagik Arshàk presents a play for kids and adults. The main character Karapet seeks for friendship and makes new encounters. 


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philomena+ promotes the intersocietal and intercultural exchange between WANA (West Asia and North Africa) and Vienna, Austria. philomena+ curates exhibitions, public art projects, artist residencies, exchange programmes between art institutions in Austria and WANA, panel discussions, round tables and publication projects on pressing global issues. Rather than focusing on a type of art which centres around objects, philomena+ promotes art which focuses on individuals and life.

philomena+ aims to connect artists and architects from WANA with the local art community in Vienna, Austria.
It is a platform for artists, researchers and civil society for dialoguing, questioning, creating and building future collaborations.
In addition philomena+ seeks to work with artists and architects, who originate from WANA and have recently settled in Austria, offering a first point of contact and support to find their feet in the new environment.

In 2016, motivated by an understanding that sees art as an outlet for different social groups and as a starting point for dialoging, art historians Christine Bruckbauer and Negar Hakim founded the philomena+ platform. “We see ourselves as cultural ambassadors who engage in an exchange of ideas, information, art and other aspects of culture among nations and their peoples in order to foster mutual understanding.”

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video artist interviews

Shatter&Shape: Mai Al Shazly & Sula Zimmerberger & Ernst Miesgang 

12/07 – 09/09/2023

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