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Ġgantija Visitor Centre, Gozo

Ġgantija Visitor Centre, Gozo

Artist & artwork at this venue:

Tania Berta Judith


Named, 2018
Embroidery (cotton fabric and thread)

Named replicates several human figurines displayed in situ. They are chosen by the artist because they have no clear gender. After outlining their body shapes with black thread, she also embroiders a fictional name with no clear gender on the back of the tissue. With this action, the artist questions the way scientists, anthropologists and historians explain the past, drawing attention to the ideological constructions behind such narratives.

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The site of Ġgantija Temples

The Ġgantija Temples in Xagħra, Gozo, are one of the most important archaeological sites on the Maltese Islands, listed as UNESCO World Heritage since 1980. The site consists of two temples dating back to 3600 - 3200 B.C.

Ġgantija derives from the word ġgant, the Maltese word for giant. The monument survives in a considerably good state of preservation, with a boundary wall which encloses the two temples, built in rough coralline limestone blocks. Some of the megaliths exceed five meters in length and weigh over fifty tons. Remains of animal bones, use of fire, and a number of libation holes, hint at the kind of rituals and offerings that might have been performed, also involving animal sacrifices.

The Interpretation Centre exhibits a selection of the most significant finds discovered at various prehistoric sites in Gozo.

Ġgantija Visitor Centre
John Otto Bayer Street
Xagħra, Gozo

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

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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