15/06 – 26/06/2020
Elma Riza is a Franco-Tunisian artist, born in France in 1986, living and working in Berlin. She graduated in Visual Arts from the KHB – Academy of Art Weissensee–Berlin and studied Improvisation – Instant Composition. In March 2014, Elma Riza founded the interdisciplinary platform for Instant Composition, Imprévu Berlin.
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 realize together with Petra Gell the duo-exhibition “How to make a bee-line” (26/06 – 01/08/2020), a project that tests the artistic and personal approach of two artists previously unknown to each other.
22/03 – 09/05/2020
postponed due to COVID-19, new date to be announced
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.
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 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.