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Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Visitor Centre, Qrendi

Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Visitor Centre, Qrendi

Artist & artwork at this venue:

Saskia Calderón


Mater, 2017 - 2018
Performance art and video recording of the performance

In her performance Mater the artist places her body inside a vase that resembles those used in Neolithic burial ceremonies. She creates a system of interpretation where each vowel has a musical note and sings melodies composed from texts written by anthropologists who deny the existence of a matriarchal culture. This work refers to death and the return to Mother Earth as a Renaissance, and questions the historical significance given to the role of women. It also creates meaningful connections between the Neolithic sites in Malta and Ecuador.

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Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra temples

The Megalithic temples of Malta (Ġgantija, Ħaġar Qim, Mnajdra, Skorba, Ta’ Ħaġrat and Tarxien) are prehistoric monumental buildings constructed during the 4th and the 3rd millennium BC. They rank among the earliest free-standing stone buildings in the world and are remarkable for their diversity of form and decoration. They were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.

The temple of Ħaġar Qim stands on a hilltop overlooking the sea and the islet of Fifla, not more than 2km south-west of the village of Qrendi. At the bottom of the hill, only 500 m away, is another remarkable temple site, Mnajdra found above the Southern cliffs.

One of the prehistoric chambers at Ħaġar Qim holds an elliptical hole which is hewn out in alignment with the Summer Solstice sunrise. On the first day of summer, the sun’s rays pass through this hole and illuminate a stone slab inside the chamber.

During excavations a slab bearing a pair of opposing spirals in relief and a free-standing pillar decorated on all four sides were found in the area. The originals are now at the National Museum of Archaeology, together with stone and clay statuettes of obese figures that have been unearthed on site.

Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Visitor Centre
Triq Ħaġar Qim
Qrendi QRD 2501

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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