about us

philomena+ aims to connect artists and architects from the WANA region (West Asia and North Africa) with the local art community in Vienna and vice versa. The main purpose is to provide a platform for artists, intellectuals, researchers and the civil society for dialoguing, questioning, creating and building future collaborations.


In addition philomena+ seeks to work with artists and architects, who originate from the WANA region, and have recently settled in Vienna or in Austria. philomena+ offers a first point of contact and support to find their feet in the new environment.


Rather than focusing on a type art which centres around objects, philomena+ promotes art which focuses on individuals and life.



Negar Hakim

co-founder, director of the architecture programme


Negar Hakim studied art history at the University of Vienna. She is on the editorial board of Memar Magazine and Kunst und Kirche and has acted as co-editor of several other art and architecture magazines in the Middle East. Hakim does intercultural consulting in art and architecture between Europe and Iran. She organises transregional workshops, seminars and study trips, and has been a jury member for various architectural competitions. Currently she is also a Univ. Ass. (lecturer) at the TU Wien, with a focus on non-European architecture.

Christine Bruckbauer

co-founder, director of the visual art programme


Christine Bruckbauer is a curator, art writer and university lecturer with a research focus on contemporary art practices in North Africa, South and West Asia. With a sociological approach of art observation and an interest in transnational and postcolonial cultural-political developments she is dedicated to commissioning artists to explore the possibilities of engaging aesthetical, social or political dialogues in different contexts.

Aline Lenzhofer

co-curator of the visual arts programme


Currently based in Vienna, Aline is a curator, cultural worker and communication manager with a focus on collaborative projects and on artistic practices from the WANA region and beyond. With a background in cultural and social anthropology and a degree in cultural management, Aline has worked with different cultural institutions in Morocco, Egypt and France and is currently part of the team of das weisse haus in Vienna.

Abdulrab Habibyar

photo and video documentation 


Born in Afghanistan, Abdulrab Habibyar came to Vienna under the KulturKontakt Austria artist-in-residence programme and now works as a social worker at BBU GmbH Traiskirchen. With a degree in information technology and a diploma in photography, he also works as a freelance photographer, human rights activist and translator. His photographic work has been shown at several solo exhibitions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Italy and Austria.

further team members

Valeria Meneghelli (Sep. 2021), Alexander Meurer (since 2021), Juliane Harder (2021), Alicia Frank (2021), Chinara Majidova (2020), Bárbara Palomino–Ruiz (2020), Monika Mairhofer (2019), Daniel Marina (2019), Christian Enzendorfer (since 2017)


Alaa Abu Asad, Mohamed Allam, Parisa Aminolahi, Sanae Arraqas, Joerg Auzinger, Lital Bar Noy, Sahar Bardie, Michael Baumgartner, Yesmine Ben Khelil, Tanja Boukal, Kati Bruder, Oscar Cueto, Ramesch Daha, Armin Mohsen Daneshgar, Omid Darvish, Nava Ebrahimi, Jeannette Ehlers, Fariba Farghadani, Ali Akbar Farzadi, Mounir Fatmi, Enrico Floriddia, Milad Forouzandeh, Robert Frittum, Petra Gell, Wassim Ghozlani, Helene Glüxam, Malek Gnaoui, Lisa Großkopf, Abdulrab Habibyar, Mohsen Hazrati, Sarvin Hazin, Markus Hiesleitner, Markus Hofer, Payman Hooshmandzadeh, Ahoo Maher, Minoo Iranpour Mobarakeh, Simon Inou, Orit Ishay, Emanuel Jesse, Soukaina Joual, Farah Khelil, Margareta Klose, Raphael Kajetan Krottenauer, Patricia K.Triki, Hela Lamine, Holger Lang, Mohammed Laouli, Claudia Larcher, Johann Leitner, Thaer Maarouf, Nourhan Maayouf, Souad Mani, Veronika Merklein, Etemad Moghaddam, Marzieh Mohammadmiri, Mahroo Movahedi, Mara Niang, Yoshinori Niwa, Bárbara Palomino Ruiz, Manuela Picallo GilLisl Ponger, Hosna Pourhashemi, Elma Riza, Shiri Rozenberg, Chris Saint Martin, Sepehr Samadian, Nabil Saouabi, Lena Schwingshandl, Lerato Shadi, Naja Shokri, Patrick TimmKosta Tonev, Martina Tritthart, Rania Werda, Christina Werner, Wolfgang Wirth, Bassem Yousri, Férielle Zouari

project room

The project room philomena+, situated right next to Praterstern, gives the platform a physical home where face-to-face encounters can take place. 


artist residencies

+ Combined living accommodation/artist studio/exhibition space, equipped with cooking facilities and Wi-Fi 

+ an official invitation for grant and visa application purposes

+ PR activities (announcement on Social Media), contacts to the local art community, exhibition space

If you are interested in participating in a project, please send your application (CV, project description, availability) to: info@philomena.plus

Note: Your application will go through a selection process, and you will be notified if your application has been successful.