Broken Dreams, a photography exhibition by David Pisani opened on the 20th of April at the Malta Postal Museum and Arts Hub in Valletta. For those who are interested to learn more, informal walk-through with the artist is scheduled for Saturday.
David Pisani has hand-printed the images on silver gelatin paper himself after exploring the divided island of Cyprus between 2009 and 2012. Broken Dreams is a haunting photographic essay on the city of Nicosia and conflict areas in the north of Cyprus, where political conflicts leading to the war of 1974 remain unresolved to this day.
Pisani’s work presents architecture as a metaphor for the human condition and a monument to the state of emotional stalemate due to these conflicts. Lingering remnants of military activity and abandoned vernacular architecture, architectural ruins which seem to silently and painfully commemorate the broken dreams of a peaceful Mediterranean island – this is the Cyprus seen by Pisani through the years.
Broken Dreams is part of Valletta 2018’s cross-cultural photography exhibition, A Tale of Two Cities. The collection was exhibited in 2017 as part of the official program of Pafos 2017 European Capital of Culture, and has now made its way to Malta as part of the Valletta 2018 cultural programme. A selection of Pisani’s work was exhibited at the prestigious Biennale of Photography in Paris in 1996 and also forms part of the permanent collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
The exhibition is held at the Malta Postal Museum and Arts Hub at 135 Archbishop Street, Valletta between April 20th and May 12th 2018 and is open between 10am-4pm. A public lecture in connection with the exhibition will be held at the same venue at 11 am on 28th April.