music drawing performance 

Friday, 16/10/2020, 7:30 pm
Venue: Brunnenpassage, Brunnengasse 71/Yppenplatz, 1160 Vienna

Tazeen Qayyum, 2020 © philomena+

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.


received her BFA in Visual Arts from the NCA (National College of Arts) in Lahore, Pakistan (1996). She is one of the pioneers of contemporary miniature painting. Tazeen Qayyum’s works have been shown in galleries and museums around the world and are included in several publications and many private and public collections. She has been nominated for the Jameel Prize (2013) and the K.M. Hunter Award (2014), she has been awarded the Excellence in Art Award 2015 by the CCAI (Canadian Community Arts Initiative).


born into a Christian Palestinian family in a refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1985 he fled as a teenager from the civil war zone to Austria and continued his musical education here with the Iraqi Oud master Asim Chalabi. Today, the active musician is one of the most important artists in the Austrian world music scene. In 2008 he received the honor award for intercultural dialogue from the Ministry of Education.

Tazeen Qayyum’s Solo Performance SAKOON in the philomena+ vitrine, October 2020, video by Abdelrab Habibyar

Collaboration between Tazeen Qayyum & Marwan  Abado – Music Drawing Performance, Brunnenpassage, Salam Orient Festival, October 2020, video by Bárbara Palomino Ruiz, fellow kültüř gemma!