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Isla Arches, Senglea

Isla Arches, Senglea

Project at this venue:

Ready Mades in Malta

Photograph posters

This collective and anonymous project questions artistic authorship. During their trips around Malta, Gozo and Comino in 2018, a vast number of people were asked to take photographs of elements found in public spaces that looked like contemporary art works. A fictional name and title were later included alongside the work. The project updates and enlarges the notion of readymade, to show how reality imitates art and how new concepts of beauty appear in everyday life.

Image pages:

About Isla Arches, Senglea

Located on the peninsula of Senglea (Isla) in the Grand Harbor, the complex forms part of a small network of social housing blocks that were built following Malta’s Independence in 1964. The blocks line the Dockyard Terrace in Isla, overlooking the prestigious Birgu waterfront and Fort St. Angelo.

Walking along these arches, one can reach Gardjola Gardens at the tip of the Senglea Peninsula. They were commissioned by Grandmaster De la Sengle in 1551, who proposed the inclusion of a guard tower at the edge of the bastions. This tower, called il-Gardjola, has become a symbol of Isla.

Arches Street
Senglea, Malta
Pedestrian entrance from Xatt Juan B. Azzopardi

Public space, always open

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: Darren Agius

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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