“The unique nature and location of philomena+ offers a lot of possibilities for artists to self-direct their time and what they want to achieve, without pressure.
A live-in studio provides many opportunities of engagement with audiences throughout the day including passers-by. The physical space, though intimate in scale, is transformable and can be utilized in many creative ways.
It is very centrally located, great restaurants, scenic walks and friendly neighbours, one gets comfortable really quickly.”
In its first cooperative project with the renowned festival SALAM ORIENT, philomena+ invited Pakistani Canadian artist Tazeen Qayyum to be artist-in-residence on a project which included several events. Two of the highlights of the programme were the Drawing Music Performance with Oud-player Marwan Abado in the Brunnenpassage and the Miniature Painting Workshop at the Weltmuseum Wien.
Tazeen Qayyum 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.
Originally trained as a miniature painter in the Persian and South Asian tradition, Tazeen Qayyum continues to explore new materials and processes through media such as drawing, installation, sculpture, video and performance. Repetition, rhythm, balance, and geometry are methodological devices that allow 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 while living in the diaspora.
Tazeen Qayyum’s work has been shown in galleries and museums around the world and is included in several publications and many private and public collections. She was nominated for the Jameel Prize (2013) and the K.M. Hunter Award (2014), and received the Excellence in Art Award 2015 from the CCAI (Canadian Community Arts Initiative).
Tazeen Qayyum’s Solo Performance SAKOON
in the philomena+ vitrine, Oct. 2020, video by Abdulrab Habibyar
Collaboration between Tazeen Qayyum & Marwan Abado – Music Drawing Performance, Brunnenpassage, Salam Orient Festival October 2020, video by Bárbara Palomino Ruiz, fellow kültüř gemma!