public art

Banal Complexities تعقيدات  عادية⁩


interactive intervention, painting action

Oscar Cueto & Bassem Yousri 

Artist Residency Bassem Yoursi 01/06 – 21/06/2021
Presentation of Oscar Cueto’s painting collection with the music group Luna y Son, philomena+ front garden, on Saturday, June 12th, 2021, 6 – 9 pm

Venues: philomena+ Heinestraße 40, Rabbiner-Friedmann Platz, shop windows in Heinestraße 40, Springergasse, Praterstern (flower kiosk), Lassallestraße

Oscar Cueto & Bassem Yousri, "Big Little Stories", Banal Complexities تعقيدات عادية, June/July 2021 © Bassem Yousri, Oscar Cueto, philomena+

Bassem Yousri and Oscar Cueto invite residents of Vienna’s 2nd district to share their personal stories, vicissitudes and any miracles they may have experienced along the way.

Inspired by the ex-votos from his home country, Mexico, Oscar Cueto paints the stories onto small plates. The music group Luna y Son will include some of the stories into their lyrics and perform them during the presentation of Oscar Cueto’s painting collection at philomena+ garden. 

Bassem Yousri is interested in challenging stereotypical notions of otherness. He embarks on an open-ended adventure during his residency at philomena+ (June 1st – 21st, 2021). He  works on an intervention based on his encounters with people and businesses near Rabbiner-Friedmann Platz. It is an area that has become a retreat for displaced persons from Praterstern. Rabbiner-Friedmann Platz also hosts the last night bar in gentrified Heinestraße. 

“Big Little Stories” is part of the project “Banal Complexities  تعقيدات عادية”, a series of 4 collaborative art interventions in public space curated and realised by philomena+ between Praterstern and Volkertplatz from March to September 2021.



(*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 in the form of participatory installations.

(*1980, lives and works in Cairo) has a multidisciplinary practice that uses humour and sarcasm as a tool to reach audiences from different cultures and criticizes common stereotypes and taboos. His work is often a commentary on the contemporary socio-political situation in Egypt.

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