MARLANDS Exhibition | I Landed. Malta
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MARLANDS Exhibition | I Landed. Malta
MARLANDS is a communicative space for the participating institutions, artists, researchers and the public of the Mediterranean with a particular focus on the islands of the region. It is created for people to exchange their experiences, to motivate them to gain new knowledge, encourage them to conduct collective artistic work and recognise the uniqueness of the islands, as well as to spread this knowledge beyond the targeted area of these islands.
In his project, the artist doing the residency in Malta, Edgar Sarin creates an image of antiquity following the common harmonious forms, rituals, anthropocentric conceptions and sustainable consumption of the resources that surround us. At the same time, Sarin aims to contemplate the current situation with regard to drinking water on the island of Malta. In fact, it makes references to the importance of water sources on islands in general and the formation of a specific culture around its consumption: from legendarily beautiful amphorae to facilities for rainwater collection. His work Ba’al is a rainwater collector. It is composed of vernacular materials: handmade ceramics, corrugated iron and wood.
The result of productive dialogues with islanders specialising in craft, culture, and science is his immersive, multi-layered art project. The exhibition will also feature works by Lucy Orta who did her residency in the Balearic Islands, Max Fouchy from his visit to Sicily and Sheldon Saliba in Malta.
Curators: Elena Posokhova & Vince Briffa
Spazju Kreattiv is the official partner of MARLANDS – a contemporary art project that unites artists and researchers to work together on art, cultural heritage, and ecological issues of the Mediterranean Islands, to promote their harmonious coexistence.
- 1 December – 8 January: Edgar Sarin, Lucy Orta, Sheldon Saliba & Max Fouchy. Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, Malta. Co-curated by Elena Posokhova & Vince Briffa
- 19 December – 30 December: Max Fouchy, Olga Sabko, Chloé Silbano, Rosa Borredá, Sheldon Saliba & Edgar Sarin. Isola Catania, Catania, Sicily. Co-curated by Mariagrazia Pontorno
- 10 January – 20 January: Olga Sabko, Lucy Orta & Max Fouchy, TACA Studio, Palma, Mallorca
- 11 January – 15 January: Klitsa Antoniou, Theatro Polis, NiMAC – Nicosia, Cyprus
20/12/2022 & 21/12/2022, Es Baluard Museu, Mallorca, Spain.
Collaborators |Catholic University of Valencia, Art Made Cultural Association, Tree, Spazju Kreattiv, Cyprus University of Technology & Es Baluard Museum
Supported by | European Union – Creative Europe project
Edgar Sarin | Ba’al
In his project, Edgar Sarin, who has been selected to work in Malta, creates an image of antiquity following the common harmonious forms, rituals, anthropocentric conceptions and sustainable consumption of the resources that surround us. At the same time, Sarin aims to contemplate the current situation with the inaccessibility of drinking water on the island of Malta referring us to reflections on the importance of water sources on islands and the formation of a specific culture around its consumption: from legendarily beautiful amphorae to facilities for rainwater collection.
His work “Ba’al is a rainwater collector. It is composed of vernacular materials: handmade ceramics, corrugated iron and wood.” Edgar Sarin’s proposal is a kind of time machine, aimed at the origins of civilization and myth. Ba’al is the name of the Phoenician god of rain and thunder. The project reflects on the importance of water resources by observing with new eyes the natural elements and the teak of the clay, both the ground zero of humanity.
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The selected artists, who throughout their residencies will collaborate with international scientists and local artists to address ecological and social issues on a network of five Mediterranean islands are:
Max Fouchy, Sicily
Taylor Smith, Mallorca
Edgar Sarin, Malta
Klitsa Antoniou, Cyprus
Lucy Orta, Ibiza and Mallorca
Olga Sabko, who will be working on a special project within MARLANDS
A jury of internal and external curators assembled to select the winning artists.
Members of the MARLANDS internal jury included:
Elena Posokhova (curator-coordinator on Mallorca),
Vince Briffa (curator-coordinator on Malta),
Mariagrazia Pontorno (curator-coordinator on Sicily)
External jurors are as follows:
Christina Baron (Musée National de la Marine, Toulon, France)
Yvannoé Kruger (POUSH Manifesto, Paris, France)
Carlos Duran (LOOP Barcelona, Galeria Senda, Spain)
Ines Musumeci Greco (Acqua Foundation, Rome & Palermo, Italy)
Alex Vaysse (Galerie Sono, Paris, France)
Elisa Carollo (Fondazione Imago Mundi, Milan, Italy & New York, USA)
Christina Pomilla (Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies, Mallorca, Spain)
The artists are improving their research by exchanging ideas with the curators, scientists, craftsmen and artisans to uncover the uniqueness of their targeted island, to understand and reflect on the incomparable cultural identity of that island.
We are pleased to invite you to the first edition of MARLANDS – Mediterranean Islands BIENNALE.
This season, discover the exhibition I Landed on 5 Mediterranean Islands and the associated events.
1.12.2022 – 8.01.2023: Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, Malta
19.12.2022 – 30.12.2022: Isola Catania, Catania, Sicily
10.01.2023 – 20.01.2023: TACA Studio, Palma, Mallorca
11.01.2023 – 15.01.2023: Theatro Polis, NiMAC Nicosia, Cyprus
20.12.2022 Workshop “Lost Species” of artist Lucy Orta.Es Baluard Museu, @esbaluardmuseu – Mallorca, Spain
21.12.2022 Performance “The garden of the past. The garden of the future” by artist Olga Sabko .Es Baluard Museu – Mallorca, Spain
Curated by Elena Posokhova Co-curated with Vince Briffa and Mariagrazia Pontorno .