public art


تعقيدات عادية

Artist duos: Margareta Klose (AT) & Nourhan Maayouf (EG), Lisa Großkopf (AT)& Soukaina Joual (MA), Oscar Cueto (MX/AT) & Bassem Yousri (EG), Malek Gnaoui (TN) & Markus Hiesleitner (AT) 


15/03 – 30/09/2021

curated by Christine Bruckbauer & Aline Lenzhofer


Venue: public space and unusual art venues in 1020, Vienna

 © philomena+

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.

Left: Nourhan Maayouf, "I am a stuffed eggplant", 2020, Filmstill © Nourhan Maayouf. Right: Margareta Klose & Mahdiyeh Seifi, "Fibers 3000", 2020 © the artists 
15/03 – 30/06/2021

curated by Aline Lenzhofer

philomena+ front yard and Volkertmarkt


Stuffed eggpants, pickled cucumbers, and schnitzel. In their intervention “Let’s talk Food!”, at the Volkertmarkt, artists Margareta Klose and Nourhan Maayouf use aspects of food preparation and preservation to address issues connected to gendered role models, migration and collective and personal memories. The project, which includes an open-air exhibition with photographs and seating sculptures as well as a series of workshops, is aimed directly at the users of Volkertplatz and involves local associations as well.

Left: Lisa Großkopf, "I should quit smoking". Right: Soukaina Joual © the artists
MAY 2021

curated by Aline Lenzhofer

Intervention at different public scales in Vienna’s 2nd district (Praterstern, Augarten, Taborstraße, Karmelitermarkt)


In their artistic intervention on the east side of the Praterstern, artists Lisa Großkopf and Soukaina Joual explore the boundaries between public and private space. Using person-weighing scales positioned in the public space, they address themes related to corporeality, the flesh, and the values associated with it. Discourses on the history and meaning of weighing are raised, as are body ideals, fat-shaming and skinny-shaming.

Images above: Oscar Cueto, MUME, Karl Marx-Hof, 1190, Vienna. Oscar Cueto, "Coffee House", 1050 Vienna © Images below: Bassem Yousri, "Do Not Look Inside!" Sharjah, UAE. Bassem Yousri, RGB, Mahrabia, Cairo © the artists
JUNE 2021

curated by Christine Bruckbauer

Interventions in shop windows in Heinestraße, Lasallestraße and Praterstraße

Bassem Yousri and Oscar Cueto  will invite residents of the 2nd district to share their personal stories, vicissitudes and any miracles they may have experienced along the way. Inspired by from ex-votos (votive paintings) from his home country, Mexico, Oscar Cueto will paint these stories onto small plates. A band,  who is inspired by the songs of Mexican farm workers, will include some of the stories into their lyrics and will perform them during the presentation of Cueto’s ex-votos collection at Praterstern. 

Left: Markus Hiesleitner, "Heuballen", 2018. Right: Malek Gnaoui, "BS 99’s", 2015, Mahrabia, Cairo © the artists

curated by Christine Bruckbauer 

at various bike-parks in the 2nd district of Vienna


Malek Gnaoui & Markus Hiesleitner will create the “Wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosities)”. Instead of housing exotic objects, it will house a collection of the most diverse “sound donations” from the residents of Vienna’s 2nd district. The Wunderkammer will be in the form of a bike trailer, it will be taken to various strategic points around Praterstern. Passers-by will be invited to take a seat and to immerse themselves in a colourful bouquet of sounds and voices.




(*1976, lives and works in Vienna) studied TransArts at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. In his artistic work he explores historiography and reflects on the mechanisms that construct the concepts of historicity, knowledge, memory and identity. He often processes the themes as fictions and in the form of participatory installations.

(*1983 in Gabes, lives and works in Tunis) studied ceramics at the École d'art et design de Tunis and at the Centre National des Arts Ceramiques Sidi Kacem Jellizi. Using video reportage, ceramics, installation, sound or performance, Malek Gnaoui deals with sensitive questions about social conditions and the concept of "human sacrifice" in all its forms.


(*1989, lives and works in Vienna) studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as well as at the Art University Linz. Her artistic work spans a wide range of disciplines and encompasses diverse techniques from photography to transmedia art. Her projects are dedicated to the social use of photography, human behaviour in the digital world, differences and particularities of public and private space, as well as questions of sex, gender and heteronormativity.


(*1981 in Lower Austria, lives and works in Vienna) studied sculpture and performing arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Today Markus Hiesleitner is primarily present through ecologically-motivated projects. Organic materials are often at the centre of his artistic work, as is the careful use of environmental resources. In his function as co-operator of the artist-run space Kulturdrogerie in Vienna's 18th district, he also offers other artists space in his "universe of thought and experimentation".

(*1990, lives and works in Rabat) is an interdisciplinary Moroccan artist. She graduated from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan in 2011. Her works (video, performance, painting, installations) break down the boundaries between public and private space, individual and community, the inside and outside of our bodies, and artistic and everyday actions. The preoccupation with the body plays a major role in her work. She investigates how the body changes, connects to identity constructions or can also become the venue for ideological debates.


(*1993, lives and works in Vienna, Salzburg and Brussels) studied painting at the Mozarteum Salzburg; linguistics, German literature, history and politics at the University of Salzburg, and TransArts at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and at the École de Recherche Graphique in Brussels. Her work reflects queer-feminist themes and deals with the construction and optimisation of the self. Her artistic practice includes performative and research-based works.

(*1990, lives and works in Cairo and Serre) is an Egyptian artist who mainly uses photography and video in her practice. Her works are mostly autobiographical and reflect the socio-political situation of young women of the Egyptian middle class, to which she herself belongs. She uses self-portraits, performances and installations to explore questions of gender, home, dreams of independence and contemporary relationship issues. She is currently studying Arts in Public Spheres at the École de design et haute école d'art du Valais in Switzerland.

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