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Malta Pavilion 58th Biennale of Art

The Malta Pavilion of the Venice Biennale: the artists of the pavilion, the works, the times, the periods, the cost of the tickets and the exhibition venue.

Malta Pavilion Biennale of Art
Malta Pavilion at Venice Biennale of Art - Arsenale - City of Venice

Exhibition in progress from 11 May to 24 November 2019

The 58th Biennale of Art will open to the public on 11 May 2019. But starting from a few days before the opening there will be the various openings and side events that always suddenly animate the Venetian artistic life. The title of the 58 edition of the Biennale d'Arte is May You Live In Interesting Times.

79 artists are invited to exhibit at the 58th Venice Biennale of Art, with a prevalence of women. Among them the 2 Italians Ludovica Carbotta and Lara Favaretto. The first will make a site-specific work in Forte Marghera, inside the building known as the Austrian Powder Mill.

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Malta Pavilion at 58th Biennale Arte of Venice

The artists Klitsa Antoniou, Trevor Borg and Vince Briffa will represent Malta at the Biennale Arte 2019 in the exhibition Maleth / Haven / Port-Heterotopias of Evocation.

The Malta Pavilion, commissioned by the Malta Art Council and edited by the historian dott. Hesperia Iliadou - Suppiej, is inspired by the Odyssey, one of the oldest stories of humanity.

The exhibition will move between reality and fictitious invention, to provide a contemporary and immersive reinterpretation of our timeless need to seek a paradise (Maleth), more strongly experienced in times of crisis.

The Phoenician word Maleth evokes the primitive origins of Malta's existence and literally translates into Haven / Port, a quality inspired by all those who have crossed the waters of the Mediterranean through the centuries and who still endure today.

By combining artists from the Mediterranean, the works are specially commissioned pieces involving the public in complementary semantic searches in the contemporary conditions of homeness / (a) homeness that spreads beyond the mental notions predisposed to the assigned tactile boundaries.

The executive president of the Artistic Council of Malta, Albert Marshall, said: "The Arts Council of Malta is pleased that artists Klitsa Antoniou, Trevor Borg and Vince Briffa will represent Malta at the 58th International Art Exhibition in Venice, under the direction curator of the historian Dr. Hesperia Iliadou-Suppiej.



The exhibition will see Malta's unique position in the central Mediterranean culture from historical, mythical and contemporary points of view with newly commissioned works that promise to be a journey of discovery and self-reflection driven by curiosity.

"In addition, there will be a series of educational workshops led by artists and curators. These will accompany a specially curated catalog, conceived as a symbolic guide in the journey of a lifetime, not only to inform the public of the Pavilion and its narrative, but also involve the reader will participate in the completion of its contents. This will be an extraordinarily important gesture by Malta's National Pavilion, one that affirms the importance of public involvement in the arts through all ages. "

ATLANTROPA X, by Klitsa Antoniou (Cyprus), explores a project of the 1920s by a German architect who proposed the partial drainage of the Mediterranean to form a supercontinent. Here the artist hovers between past and contemporary conditions, to survive displacement and discontinuity between conflicts, migrations in the current context of fluid topographies and challenging expectations.

Atlantropa X by Klitsa Antoniou is a multimedia installation that will aim to conceptualize and form artistic bridges across the Mediterranean Sea, and is partially informed by his experiences of growing up in Cyprus as a refugee and the impact of the invasion and occupation of military troops in 1974. The exhibition will include 250 square meters of seaweed, video projections and a sound background shared through the pavilion.

CAVE OF DARKNESS - PORT OF NO RETURN, by Trevor Borg (Malta) proposes a multi-layered narrative re-imagination of ancient creatures and long lost civilizations, exploring the entrapment hidden in a port. Freely drawn from the remains of animals and artifacts excavated in a cave in Malta, the work tries to make (up) stories, fabricate facts and confuse the boundaries between reality and imagination, real and semblance.

In this site-specific installation meticulously researched by the artist, ambivalent remains of unknown creatures and particular artifacts resurface to reveal new layers of meaning. The artist invites the visitor to a mystical journey of surprise and self-inquiry that navigates through the prehistoric layers of Malta following the footsteps of its first inhabitants and their final end. The work concerns the displacement narrated through non-taxonomic collection approaches and current events.

OUTLAND, by Vince Briffa (Malta), focuses on the indecision of the man as he wishes to trace his way to the last paradise, caught between the security of an island and the danger of returning to his homeland. Drawing from the story of Calypso, he traces the symbolic duality of the lover, as a savior and oppressor, exploring the uncertainty and the bait of security and the desire for freedom.

In this multimedia installation, which incorporates film, sound, voice and water, Vince Briffa engages with Homer's Odyssey to metaphorically interpret the idea of a "port" as a place of desire and escape. These anxieties take place in the film itself and within the installation through the use of salt pans as devices to "keep the sea" while they release salt from its captive water.

Open to different readings and drawing on three times stories, mythologies and expectations, Maleth / Haven / Port-Heterotopias of Evocation aims to create a curatorial theme in which works of art come together, like vases inside a sea, inviting us to take part in an intuitively playful dialogue, going through the exhibition in a journey of self-reflection guided by curiosity, in a fictitious and evocative space created within the Arsenal.

Hours: Gardens from 10.00 to 18.00. Arsenale from 10.00 to 18.00 (from 10.00 to 20.00 on Friday and Saturday until September 30th). Closed on Mondays (except May 13, September 2, November 18).
Tickets: please visit the official website. On the web € 21.50 until 31 March 2019.
Phone: +39.041.5218711; fax +39.041.5218704
E-mail: aav@labiennale.org
Web: Biennale of Venice


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