POLITICALLY-ENGAGED ART AT SPAZJU KREATTIV

Through ‘Found ă mentalism II’, Germany-based contemporary art organisation Ostrale Centre for Contemporary Arts strives to inspire artists across the globe to reject indifference to the conflicts and struggles surround them. The exhibition, which showcases the varied styles of the many contributing international artists, is the latest collaborative project between Spazju Kreattiv and Ostrale, in an alliance that has been developed to facilitate further exchanges between artists based in both countries. Ostrale had previously cooperated with Pecs and Breslow as capitals of culture.

Anka Lesniak, Women patRIOTs

To offer a new perspective for a more positive future, the exhibition features work of more than 40 international artists from Europe, Israel, Russia, China, and beyond, including Paolo Assenza, Feng Lu, Maria Garcia, Frenzy Honing, Anka Lesniak, Nevet Yitzhak and Caroline Koss all working in different media. The dynamic collection features video art, sculpture, photography, drawing and installations.

“Through this project, we ask if art can come to act as the mutual support between these diverse cultures, and if it can provide a remedy for current societal crises,” say the exhibition’s co-curators Andrea Hilger and Antka Hofmann. Spazju Kreattiv Artistic Director Toni Sant added, “Exchanges such as this serve to inspire collaborations, increase exposure and encourage growth within the artistic community.”

Carolin Koss, Emerald Green (fragment)

The Centre, based in Dresden, hosts the Ostrale Biennale, one of the largest contemporary art exhibitions in Europe. Although Dresden is applying to become a European Capital of Culture in 2025, due to a stand-off between the city and Ostrale over sanitation of the venue, the biennale will be located in Chemnitz next year. A call for applications of contemporary work to travel to Ostrale Biennale 2019 is open for artists in Malta until the 15th of June.

The ‘Found ă mentalism II’ exhibition will take place throughout Spazju Kreattiv, St James Cavalier, between Friday 1 June and Sunday 29 July 2018. Some other works of Ostrale are also exhibited at the German Maltese Circle. Entrance is free.