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Tarxien Temples

Tarxien Temples

Artist & artworks 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.

Live performance:
13th and 14th October 2018 at Tarxien Temples from 6:30 pm onwards.
Open to a maximum of 100 people

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About the Tarxien 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 Tarxien Temples are the most complex of all temple sites in Malta, consisting of four megalithic structures. The temples are renowned for the detail of their carvings, which include domestic animals carved in relief, altars, and screens decorated with spiral designs and other patterns. Of particular note is a chamber with a relief of two bulls and a sow. The site seems to have been used extensively for rituals, which probably involved animal sacrifice.

Tarxien also offers an insight into how the temples were constructed: stonerollers left outside the south temple were probably used for transporting the megaliths. Remains of cremation have been found at the center of the South temple, which indicates that the site was reused as a Bronze Age cremation cemetery.

Neolithic Temples Street
Tarxien TXN 1063

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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