public art

Banal Complexities تعقيدات  عادية⁩


interactive intervention, painting action, film production

Oscar Cueto & Bassem Yousri 

01/06 – 31/07/2021


01/06 – 21/06/2021
Artist Residency Bassem Yoursi 


12/06/2021, 6-9 pm

Presentation of Oscar Cueto’s painting collection with the music group Luna y Son, philomena+ front garden


24/07/2021, 8-10 pm

Film screening “Speed Date” and Q&A with Bassem Yousri, Café Else


Venues: philomena+ Heinestraße, Rabbiner-Friedmann Platz, Max-Winter-Platz,  Prater, Café Else Heinestraße

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

Bassem Yousri and Oscar Cueto invited 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 painted the stories onto small plates. The music group Luna y Son included some of the stories into their lyrics and performed them during the presentation of Oscar Cueto’s painting collection at philomena+ garden. 

Bassem Yousri‘s film project “Speed Date” is based on an organized  encounter between him and Maria, a Bulgarian sex worker in Vienna. In the setting of a speed date, they share conversations about various topics raising questions about the body, play, happiness, and creativity.

“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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