TAZEEN QAYYUM  09/10 – 27/10/2020

For the first time philomena+ cooperates with the renowned festival SALAM ORIENT and invites the Pakistani Canadian artist Tazeen Qayyum for a residency programme including various events. The highlights are the Drawing Music Performance with the Oud player Marwan Abado at Brunnenpassage and the Miniature Painting Workshop at Weltmuseum Wien.

Primarily trained as a miniature painter of the Persian and South Asian tradition, Tazeen Qayyum continues to explore new materials and processes through mediums such as drawing, installation, sculpture, video and performance. Repetition, rhythm, balance, and geometry are methodological devices that allows her to create artworks that are visually complex and offer a multi-layered understanding of material and techniques used. Drawing from complex issues of belonging and displacement within a socio political and religious context, her art is a way for her to navigate identity and beliefs living in the diaspora.

Tazeen Qayyum received her BFA in Visual Arts from the NCA (National College of Arts) in Lahore, Pakistan (1996). She is one of the pioneers of contemporary miniature painting. Tazeen Qayyum’s works have been shown in galleries and museums around the world and are included in several publications and many private and public collections. She has been nominated for the Jameel Prize (2013) and the K.M. Hunter Award (2014), and received the Excellence in Art Award 2015 by the CCAI (Canadian Community Arts Initiative).

Open Studio Day: Sat 10/10/2020, 2:00 – 7:00 pm 
philomena+, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna

Music Drawing Performance with Marwan AbadoFri 16/10/2020, 7:30 pm 
Brunnenpassage, Brunnengasse 7, 1160 Vienna
Miniature Painting Workshop: Sun 18/10/2020, 1:00 – 5:30 pm 
Weltmuseum Wien, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna

all events in collaboration with SALAM ORIENT


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FÉRIELLE DOULAIN-ZOUARI  06/09 – 27/09/2020

Férielle Doulain-Zouari was born in Paris in 1992, lives and works in Tunis. After graduating in Textile Studies at ESAA Duperré and ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres in Paris, she has developed a special interest in the field of arts & crafts with the result that her work today (sculptures, 3D weavings and in situ installations) demonstrates a high level of craftsmanship. It is inspired by the world of popular consumption and mass market, by the circulation of low-range goods, and at the same time by the systems of resourcefulness implemented in daily life. Her workshop travels according to the opportunities that open up, and where she finds the right craftsmen to collaborate. 

Férielle Doulain-Zouari has exhibited her work in Tunisia, France, Chile, Algeria and recently in Burkina Faso on the occasion of the Biennial of Sculpture of Ouagadougou.
Together with her Viennese buddy-artist Bárbara Palomino-Ruiz she will do the project statement for philomena+ at Parallel Vienna 2020.

in collaboration with LA BOÎTE Tunis.

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ELMA RIZA  15/06 – 26/06/2020

Elma Riza is a Franco-Tunisian artist, born in France in 1986, lives and works in Berlin. She graduated from the KHB School of Fine Arts in Berlin and studied Improvisation – Instant Composition. In 2014, Elma Riza founded Imprévu Berlin – Interdisciplinary Platform for Instant Composition. 
Her artistic practice revolves around the notions of place (topos) in relation to the created (imaginary) space. She uses Instantaneous Composition – an image created in the moment to be perceived as a landscape, where body and objects are in dialogue. 
In Vienna she realized together with Petra Gell the duo-exhibition “How to make a bee-line” (26/06 – 01/08/2020), a project that tested the artistic and personal approach of two artists previously unknown to each other. 

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SANAE ARRAQAS 22/03 – 09/05/2020
cancelled due to COVID-19

Sanae Arraqas born in 1989 in Rabat, lives and works in Casablanca. In 2013 she graduated from the National Institute des Beaux-Arts de Tétouan. Besides her artistic work she teaches art at the Technical University of Casablanca.
For philomena+ she collaborated with Manuela Picallo Gul
 in the exhibition project MIND THE GAP(20/08 – 12/09/2020). 

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OSCAR CUETO 20/02 – 13/03/2020
Visual Artist Exchange Programme with the Austrian Cultural Forum Cairo

Oscar Cueto’s (born in 1976 in Mexico-City, lives and works in Vienna) work elaborates exercises of writing narratives and reflects on the mechanisms that construct the notion of historicity, knowledge, memory and subject as identity. Such themes are often developed as fictions or in recent work as participative installations. In 2019, Oscar Cueto created the Public Art installation “The Right to Be Lazy” for philomena+. Starting from a famous 19th century Austrian painting by Ludwig Deutsch which depicts a traditional Cairene coffee house, Oscar Cueto developed for Cairo a real life environment that merges elements of Arabic and Austrian coffee house culture. The project explores cultural relations between Vienna and Cairo and dealt in particular with the history and significance of the coffee house as a meeting place for artists, civilians, civil servants, pacifists, and believers. At the same time, it served as a platform for Oscar Cueto’s recent research work on artistic resistance, here in particular on graffiti art. 

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