Maria Hanl & Ziad Naitaddi
curated by Elisabeth Piskernik & Achraf Remok

Opening: 01/03/2024, 6 pm

Exhibition duration: 02/03 – 16/04/2024


The exhibition Emotional Lands explores the complexity of human emotions in a rapidly changing world. What experiences trigger feelings? What causes our feelings to change? The artists Maria Hanl (Vienna) and Ziad Naitaddi (Salé) explore these questions and look at the topic of migration and political manipulation from their own perspective.


Ziad Naitaddi attempts to express the human soul through his work by photographing people and expressing their inner emotions, currently focussing on the theme of migration and identity. As part of his residence at philomena+ he develops together with Vienna-based artist Maria Hanl and the curators Achraf Remok and Elisabeth Piskernik the exhibition Emotional Lands.


Achraf Remok is a writer and curator based in Rabat. With an educatioal background in Cultural and Gender Studies, he now writes for the Moroccan art magazine Diptyk, curates exhibitions and is the author of the book “His letters” on the concept of epic poetry. In Vienna he curates, alongside Elisabeth Piskernik, the exhibition project Emotional Lands.

Programme Overview

Maria Hanl & Ziad Naitaddi

March – April 2024
Sohrab Kashani & Anahita Razmi

April – June 2024

Gagik Arshák & Anne Glassner

June – July 2024

Younes Ben Slimane, Ava Binta Giallo & Verena Schneider (Freifall)

September – October 2024

Imran Channa & Kateryna Lysovenko

November – December 2024


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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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