Rima: to be [defined]

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Rima: to be [defined]

5 October 2018 - 4 November 2018


to be [defined] is a project organised by Rima that articulates two main concepts about migration and exile: definition and construction on one side, and de-construction and resistance on the other.


Dates and Times: Friday, 5 October 2018 – Sunday, 4 November 2018
Venue: Space C and Main Staircase, Spazju Kreattiv
Price: Free

Starting from the many representations and definitions of the persons that we call “migrants”, to be [defined] investigates the means, rhetorics, rituals, discourses, limits and banalities, the institutions, the imaginary and the relations that construct the object “migrant” and the extent to which this construction is affecting the lives and the imagination of the same subjects. On the other hand, (to be defined) will also take into account the resistance of the subjects, namely how each person manages to reclaim their subjectivity and their identity as individuals beyond the label they are given of migrants. This act of reclaiming can occur across different lines of struggle, both intimate and public, but all militant, all revolutionary, all related.

This exhibition has been developed by Virginia Monteforte (curator), Kristina Borg (exhibition designer) and Alexandra Galitzine-Loumpet (cultural advisor), and features as part of the cultural programme of Valletta 2018, European Capital of Culture (Exile and Conflict strand).

Rima will also host the Rima film festival that relates to this exhibition between Friday 12 October and Sunday 14 October 2018 at Spazju Kreattiv Cinema.


Workshop by artist Guy Woueté
Date and Time: Saturday, 6 October 2018 at 6pm
Venue: Studio A, Spazju Kreattiv
Price: Free
A workshop with artist Guy Woueté about the notion of being a ‘migrant’ represented through his presented work, and resulting from his visits and stories he gathered from Calais.


Artist’s Tour
Date and Time: Saturday, 6 October 2018 at 7:30pm
Venue: Main Staircase and Space C, Spazju Kreattiv
Price: Free


Debate: Libreria Griot
Date and Time: Thursday, 18 October 2018 at 7pm
Venue: Studio Solipsis, Rabat
Price: Free
A talk and a reading with anthropologist Giulia Casentini and anthropologist and librarian Giulia Riva, from Libreria Griot, in Rome. The evening will be dedicated to a consideration of the ancient bond between Rome and the African continent in light of how they are influenced by present-day dynamics of inclusion and exclusion, as fomented by contemporary national politics.


Debate: Narrating the Exile; Memory and History in Displacement
Date and Time: Thursday, 25 October 2018 at 7pm
Venue: Studio B, Spazju Kreattiv
Price: Free


Book Launch
Date and Time: Saturday 3 November 2018 at 7:30pm
Venue: Space C, Spazju Kreattiv
Price: Free


Rima Film Festival
Date and Time: Friday, 12 October – Sunday, 14 October 2018
Venue: Spazju Kreattiv Cinema
Free: Free, booking required


5 October 2018
4 November 2018
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St James Cavalier
Castille Place, Valletta VLT1060 Malta
356 21223200




Keywords Migration, Exile, Resistance
Creative Team Virginia Monteforte (curator); Kristina Borg (exhibition designer); Alexandra Galitzine-Loumpet (cultural advisor)