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Let’s talk Food!
Margareta Klose & Nourhan Maayouf

Open-Air Photo Installation, Sit-On Donuts and Workshops at philomena+ and Volkertplatz 
15/03 – 30/06/2021 

curated by Aline Lenzhofer

Venues: philomena+ and Volkertplatz

Stuffed eggplants, pickled cucumbers, simits and donuts have found their way to Volkertplatz in an unusual form. The photo series “I am stuffed” even confuses veggie fans while ring-shaped seating sculptures invite people to take part in “dialogues on donuts”. Artists Nourhan Maayouf and Margareta Klose use their artistic intervention at Volkertplatz and in the philomena+ front yard to show that cooking is indeed a collective act, and they fuel the exchange of recipes with a lively workshop programme in collaboration with the  piramidops association. The artists use the preparation and preservation of food as a vehicle to explore topics such as gender roles, memories about ingredients that are common elsewhere and the migration of dishes.

Margareta Klose‘s work reflects queer feminist themes and explores the construction and optimization of the self. Performative and research-based works are part of her artistic practice. For the collaborative intervention “Let’s talk Food!” she designed Sit-On Donuts, which serve as a starting point for dialogues about food idioms in different languages and get activated through actions in public space.

Margareta Klose was born in Berlin in 1993, lives and works in Vienna, Salzburg and Brussels. She studied painting, linguistics, history and literature in Salzburg, as well as TransArts at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and at the École des Recherches Graphiques in Brussels. 

Nourhan Maayouf brings photography and video into her practice. Her works are mostly autobiographical and reflect on the socio-political situation of young women of the Egyptian middle class. At Volkertplatz in Vienna’s 2nd district, she presents the photo series “I’m stuffed”, which deals with the preparation of “Mahshi” (Egypt.: stuffed vegetables) and opens up a discussion about gender roles. This will be continued in workshops with the piramidops women at Volkertmarkt.
Nourhan Maayouf is going to be artist-in-residence at philomena+.

Nourhan Maayouf was born in Cairo in 1990, lives and works in Cairo and Sierre. She is currently studying Arts in Public Spheres at the École de design et haute école d’art du Valais in Switzerland .

More infos to up-coming interventions:


BANAL COMPLEXITIES  تعقيدات  عادية
collaborative interventions around Praterstern
11/03 – 30/09/2021 

Margareta Klose & Nourhan Maayouf, Lisa Großkopf & Soukaina Joual, Oscar Cueto & Bassem Yousri, Malek Gnaoui & Markus Hiesleitner 

curated by Christine Bruckbauer and Aline Lenzhofer

It’s all about collaborations! Creating connections, conducting dialogues, exchange and cooperation between artists, organisations, associations and communities are at the forefront of the art and mediation project “Banal Complexities تعقيدات عادية”.

Artists based in Vienna will work together with artists from North Africa to develop interventions that will be presented in public space between March and September 2021. In joint projects, Oscar Cueto & Bassem Yousri, Margareta Klose & Nourhan Maayouf, Lisa Großkopf & Soukaina Joual and Malek Gnaoui & Markus Hiesleitner, stand against geographical distance, cultural differences as well as artistic egocentricity and stimulate the participation of a broad population by means of art actions linked to everyday life.