Author: Lara Zammit

Art

A joint creative venture between a woodcut artist and a poet resulted in a synergy greater than the sum of its parts. The artist David Borg and poet Michelle ‘Mikhaila’ Muscat speak to Lara Zammit about their collaboration. “What sparked the collaboration in this artistic venture was mutual interest in The Great Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa-oki Nami Ura), a famous woodblock print by the Japanese artist Hokusai,” began David Borg, speaking about his collaboration with the poet Michelle ‘Mikhaila’ Muscat which led to her poem La Polena al Tramonto in response to his woodcut. “The Great Wave belongs to the…

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A new collection of short stories by Ramona Depares contains a dark twist. Lara Zammit speaks with the author about the work’s undertones and subtleties. The Patient in Hospital Zero is a collection of short stories concerned with human nature, particularly its darker undertones. While this human capacity for darkness has been the subject of fascination for writers throughout the centuries, the book’s author, Ramona Depares, noted the nuances characterising most personalities. “I believe no one’s personality is black or white. There is a duality in all of us, and perfection does not exist. I believe that it is important…

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With the collaborative exhibition No Ordinary Terrain currently on display at MUŻA, four artists invite the audience to take a closer look at the appropriation of space both from a local and a globalised perspective. Tom Van Malderen speaks to Lara Zammit about the project. No Ordinary Terrain is a collaborative project exploring a wide array of private experiences in the public realm, specifically with regards to the appropriation of space both from a local and a globalised perspective. Tom Van Malderen, one of the artists exhibiting, said that the project followed an open call from MUŻA – the Malta…

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The joint exhibition BLINK currently on display at Valletta Contemporary showcases the sculptural works of Tom Van Malderen forming the series Home is the new travel and Nigel Baldacchino’s photographic works composing Clear Windows. Each set of works is concerned with perception, whether of objects or of reality, bidding us to look upon the architecture of our lives with fresh eyes. The works are a play on familiarity in the form of a dialogue between artists – “a manifesto to keep looking at things”. Van Malderen’s pieces, which he describes as “constellations”, are furniture prototypes which he dismantled and reconstructed…

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Nicholas Grima, curator of the exhibition Runinenlust, speaks to Lara Zammit about the four artists currently adorning the Green Shutters Art Space. Ruinenlust is a site-specific exhibition at the Green Shutters Art Space in Floriana, organised by The Lily Agius Gallery in partnership with Kixott Cultural Centre, which includes artworks by four locally- based international artists, namely Arnaud Griggio, Zvezdan Reljić, Madeleine Fenwick and Julien Vinet. The location, once a bar, holds a central role in the dynamics of the exhibition, serving both as a point of outreach to the community and as an element informing and influencing the artworks…

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Confusing and contradictory information about Malta’s COVID-19 rules has made it to French prime time television. In a feature aired on Thursday, French show Le 19:45 described Malta as the “disenchanted island” (L’ile désenchantée) as it described the frustration of a group of language students forced into quarantine in Malta. The TV programme, which airs on French TV channel M6, showed footage of French students in Malta caught in isolation after three cases of COVID-19 were detected among them. According to current public health laws, anyone who comes into contact with a COVID-19 positive person that they do not live with must undergo…

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Noah Fabri and Martina Farrugia speak to Lara Zammit about their hand-bound short story Dar Imħawra. An illustrated short story, bound as a handmade book, is set to be presented at an exhibition showcasing objects from the narrative as well as from the book’s production. To be launched fittingly at the Moviment Graffitti premises in Valletta, the short story Dar Imħawra concerns two friends preparing for a protest, written by Noah Fabri and illustrated by Martina Farrugia. The book and exhibition explore the lives of material objects in relation to activism and domesticity. “After working together on the artwork for…

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As I sat in the sweltering heat, mask on for good measure, looking out at the view from my seat at the Mosta amphitheatre, the much-anticipated production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by WhatsTheirNames Theatre began to take shape. Slightly lightheaded from the heat, and happily sipping a beer, what transpired on the stage before my eyes was an unequivocal delight. As directed by Philip Leone-Ganado, this interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays provided some much-needed respite from the nightmares of everyday life, all the while in full accord with the spirit of Shakespeare’s original mischievous…

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Local pop singer Amber Bondin speaks to Lara Zammit about  her latest album 1991. The album 1991 is composed of 12 tracks exploring a variety of genres and styles. What would you say is the element linking these tracks together and forming a cohesive album despite their stylistic differences?  I had been working on this album for quite some time. I believe that these past few years were an introspective journey between my life and my art and at this point in my career I felt like it was time to write an album on my own, I wanted it…

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Keith Sciberras, co-curator of the Malta Pavilion for the Venice Biennale of 2022, speaks to Lara Zammit about Diplomazija Astuta. Diplomazija Astuta, the Malta Pavilion for the Venice Biennale of 2022, is set to create “a conceptual, immersive, site-specific installation that bridges biblical narratives with contemporary culture”, with a particular focus on Caravaggio’s immanent themes. Keith Sciberras, co-curator of the pavilion, described the curatorial team behind the project as “a rather unexpected group, featuring a Caravaggio scholar, a contemporary art curator, a kinetic art sculptor, a theorist/artist, a musician/conductor and art managers”. “The project was actually born in 2018,” began…

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