Primarily trained as a miniature painter of the Persian and South Asian tradition, Tazeen Qayyum continues to explore new materials and processes through mediums such as drawing, installation, sculpture, video and performance. Repetition, rhythm, balance, and geometry are methodological devices that allows her to create artworks that are visually complex and offer a multi-layered understanding of material and techniques used. Drawing from complex issues of belonging and displacement within a socio political and religious context, her art is a way for her to navigate identity and beliefs living in the diaspora.
Accompanied by Marwan Abado‘s multifaceted oud sounds and singing, she will draw a spontaneous word mosaic on the ornamented marble floor of the Säulenhalle in the Weltmuseum. By circularly arranging and repeating the words, which are usually carefully chosen and written in her mother tongue Urdu, the artist brings herself into a kind of trance state. The poetic words have a multi-layered meaning and bring socio-political relevance into the work. The repetitive reproduction of Marwan Abado’s improvised live music will be reflected in Qayyum’s graphic performance and vice versa and put the audience into meditative reflection.
In collaboration with Salam Orient.