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