Taking everyday practices as a starting point, the art project “Banal Complexities” dives into complex socio-political issues such as social inequalities, sexuality, religious rituals, and civil disobedience. Four newly-formed intercultural artist duos use public art interventions to create safe zones where encounters and discussions can take place between artists, passers-by and residents in Vienna’s second district.
It’s all about collaboration! Establishing connections, conducting dialogues, fostering exchange and cooperation between artists, organisations, associations and communities are at the forefront of the art and mediation project entitled “Banal Complexities“. Artists based in Vienna will work together with artists from North Africa to develop interventions that will be presented in public space between March and September 2021. Collaborative projects by Oscar Cueto & Bassem Yousri, Margareta Klose & Nourhan Maayouf, Lisa Großkopf & Soukaina Joual, and Malek Gnaoui & Markus Hiesleitner make a stand against geographical distance, cultural differences and artistic egocentricity, and stimulate participation by a broader section of the population by means of art actions connected to everyday life.
Between March and September 2021, philomena+ will host four collaborative art interventions in areas between Praterstern and Volkertmarkt, with the aim of promoting an exchange between different sectors of the Viennese population and creating new incentives for communal action.
This exchange is the special feature of the project, and it starts with joint development work over several months. The curators of “Banal Complexities” matched artists who live and work in Vienna with artists from North Africa with similar artistic approaches. In the following section, all eight participating artists are introduced to each other and their joint interventions in public space, which are being developed, are outlined.