artist residencies

Abdessamad El Montessir

18/03 – 29/03/2022

27/03 – 29/03/2022 

Exhibition Résistance Naturelle: 22/03 – 28/05/2022   cancelled
philomena+, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna


Opening event with SALAM ORIENT and FOTO WIEN: 21/03/2022, 6–9 pm  cancelled
philomena+, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna


Artist Talk with FOTO WIEN: 23/03/2022, 6 pm  cancelled

philomena+, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna


Film Screening Galb’ Elchaouf:  Mon 28/03/2022, 7:30 pm  takes place

Brunnenpassage, Brunnengasse 71, 1160 Vienna 

Abdessamad El Montassir’s research-based works produce reflexive processes. In so doing, the artist works primarily with the knowledge of non-human identities, i.e. with the traumas of plants or stones, which function as witnesses to historical, non-documented events. He does this in order to generate new ways of thinking about our social environment. The geographical starting point for his research is his country of origin, Morocco, more specifically, the Sahara in southern Morocco, a territory much-disputed politically.


Abdessamad El Montassir was born in Boujdour/Morocco in 1989. Now, he lives and works in Europe. After graduating from the Institut National des Beaux-Arts in Tetouan/Morocco, Abdessamad El Montassir completed an MA in artistic and aesthetic education at the École Normale Supérieure in Meknès/Morocco. He has participated in several national and international exhibitions, including Invisible, curated by Alya Sebti and presented at the 13th Biennale of Contemporary African Art in Dakar/Senegal and at the ifa-Galerie Berlin/Germany (2018), De liens et d’exils at La Villa Empain – Fondation Boghossian in Brussels/Belgium (2018), Al Amakine in the context of the 11ème Rencontres de Bamako/Mali (2017), Attokoussy at the Hinterland Galerie in Vienna/Austria, and at Le Cube – independent art room in Rabat/Morocco (2017). Abdessamad El Montassir is presently ‘fellow resident’ of Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.


In collaboration with SALAM ORIENT.



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