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Parallel Vienna: Das Innere wartet draußen auf Dich

Dear friends and supporters,

I am happy to invite you to the opening of the exhibition titled Das Innere wartet draußen auf Dich at Parallel Vienna this Tuesday (19 September, 2017). I am participating with two pieces: a new version of my installation titled The Official Institution and my video titled All the Important Issues.
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The Official Institution at Parallel Vienna
Still from All the Important Issues
Top image: The Official Institution, mixed media installation, 5 m x 2.5 m, Parallel Vienna, 2017. Bottom image: Still from All the Important Issues, experimental short (16 min), 2008-2012. ©bassemyousri
The exhibition is curated by Anamarija Batista and features works by Anna Witt, Dariia Kuzmych, Alicja Rogalska and Julian Turner.

Parallel Vienna opens on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 13:00 and ends on Sunday, September 24th, 2017 at 19:00.

If you are in Vienna, stop by:
Schnirchgasse 9A
1030 Vienna

For more information about the program and location, please visit this link:


New Movie: The Wardrobe Man

Video still from The Wardrobe Man
Video still from The Wardrobe Man
Video stills from The Wardrobe Man, ©bassemyousri 2017

I am happy to announce that I recently finished a new docu-fiction feature (52 min) titled The Wardrobe Man.

Throughout the movie, I tell the story of the research I conducted, in the area of West Jutland in Denmark, about the peculiar Wardrobe-man. Æ Skawmand (the Wardrobe-Man, Kristian Vandet Jørgensen) was a hermit who lived in his wardrobe by the shore of Oddesund, Denmark, from 1914 until he died in 1956. While his story is currently considered an object in the collection of the Struer Museum, the only traces remaining from his life are his story and some archival material. Commissioned to create this video project by ET4U organization, I try to examine and understand my position towards a very specific history and location that are quite foreign to me. In other words, I attempt to investigate the relationship between geography, history, reality, interpretation, myth, and imagination.

The Wardrobe Man
The Wardrobe Man (Æ Skawmand, Christian Vandet Jørgensen), photo from the Struer museum archives.

Currently On View: Ist Das Schön?! Site-specific Painting at Kulturdrogerie, Vienna

Ist Das Schön?! Kulturdrogerie, ©Bassem Yousri 2017
Kulturdrogerie is an independent artist-run space in Vienna. This summer I had the pleasure to collaborate with them and I produced a site-specific painting titled Ist Das Schön?! (Is This Beautiful?!).

It will be on view there until the end of October, 2017.

Gentzgasse 86-88
1180 Wien

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For more information about my work and different projects, you can visit my website
The projects above were executed during my residency fellowship at Kultur Kontakt Austria during the summer of 2017.
The trip was possible thanks to a travel grant from Roberto Cimetta Fund.
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