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Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

Artists & artworks at this venue:

Chiharu Shiota


Circulation, 2018

Chiharu Shiota, known for her performing installations in which she weaves human-sized webs from red thread, has turned a section of Fort St Elmo into a passageway of discovery, of time and our place within it.

Austin Camilleri


Disgħa, 2018
Public Interventions
Various locations around the Maltese archipelago
Photographic and archival work

This work explores the notion of transience, by using sculpture and texts of Maltese poets in various topographical contexts around the Maltese Islands.

Featured interventions:
Private residence, Wardija, Malta
Development site, Sliema
Quarry, Qala, Gozo
Cliff, Sannat/Munxar, Gozo
Concrete pier, Comino
Saltpans, Marsaxlokk, Malta
Clay, Għar Qawqla, Gozo
Softstone, Fort St Elmo, Valletta, Malta
Development site, Mosta, Malta

Forensic Oceanography and Forensic Architecture


The Iuventa, 18 June 2017 Video, 33:45

Sea Watch vs Libyan Coast Guard, 6 November 2017 Video, 28:56

Since the end of 2016, an ongoing campaign of delegitimisation and criminalisation has systematically targeted NGOs engaged in search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea. These two videos offer a counter investigation that questions the authorities’ version of the events, while showing how humanitarian and security logics collide.

Yoshitomo Nara


Mindfulness in the Dark Woods, 2017
Painting (acrylic on canvas)

The painting invites the viewer to reflect on the meaning of life and their perspective on human existence. As the girl pictured meditates, so does the viewer.

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Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

Fort St. Elmo occupies a strategic position at the tip of the Sceberras peninsula, keeping watch over the mouths of the Grand Harbor and Marsamxett Harbor. It was the scene of a heroic defense during the Great Siege of Malta that took place in 1565 when the Ottoman Empire tried to invade the island, then held by the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem. The Order of St. John’s victory over the Ottomans led to the foundation of a new fortified city built on Mount Sceberras.

The Fort has seen continuous use over the centuries. During the British Period, further alterations and additions were carried out adapting the fort to the various advances in military technology. In 1940, at the start of the WW2, Italian airmen led the first aerial attack on Malta with Fort St Elmo as the main target.

Since 1975, the National War Museum at Fort St Elmo houses an exceptional collection of artefacts that narrate the military history of Malta from the early Bronze Age to Malta's EU Accession in 2004.

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta
VLT 1741, Malta

Opening hours:
Mon - Sun 9 am - 5 pm
Last admission at 4:30 pm

Tour through the venues with information and photos about the sites and exhibited artworks, as well as interactive geolocations.

© Photos: Courtesy Valletta 2018 Foundation
© Photo on top: Courtesy of Heritage Malta

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

Part of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture
Valletta 2018 Foundation

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