A Contemporary Art Exhibition at various Heritage Sites
13 October - 9 December 2018
Curator: Rosa Martínez
Austin Camilleri, Chiharu Shiota, Eulalia Valldosera, Forensic Oceanography and Forensic Architecture, Kyung-Jin Cho, Malta Fancy Poultry and Pigeon Club, Marina Abramović, Readymades in Malta, Saskia Calderón, Tania Berta Judith, Yoshitomo Nara
Major closing Visual Arts Exhibition of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture
Organizer: Valletta 2018 Foundation
The project Constellation Malta proposes a series of artistic interventions throughout the geography of the Maltese archipelago with the desire of creating fruitful dialogues between historical heritage, popular culture and contemporary art. Constellations are imaginary outlines that connect stars and/or celestial bodies to conform figurative and symbolic images in an attempt to understand our human condition in relation to the cosmos. As a receptacle for our intellectual, psychological and emotional projections, constellations shelter the need to find meaning in our presence in the world. Throughout the centuries, constellations have served as tools for orientation and navigation, both in a geographic and in an existential way.
Besides, recent scientific discoveries have shown that, among celestial constellations, there is a specific typology called "dark cloud constellations" which are formed by a magma of dense and impenetrable shadows of nebulae where new stars and matter is born. By associating the term Constellation with the name of Malta, certain locations in the Maltese archipelago will metaphorically become meaningful stars, nodes that will guide our journey through the physical and cultural topographies rediscovered by the creativity and the imagination of contemporary artists. The proposed route through configuration of archaeological sites, museums, churches, windmills, gardens, quarries or natural landscapes will outline a multi-site exhibition embedded in the geography of the Maltese archipelago. The dialogue between contemporary art and cultural heritage will enrich the conversation how we live together. By unveiling the meaning embodied by these new “stars”, the spectators will be invited to create their own paths of meaning.