The art exhibition Nisġa – Storja Kontemporanja examines the multifaceted identity of the Maltese artist in six chapters. The Maltese word ‘nisġa’ connotes ‘weave,’ and much like a piece of cloth, this exhibition is woven out of unusual narratives, connections and relations.
Several local works of art from different generations have come together into dialogue.
Captivating portrait by Isabelle Borg on a suitcase, among other works
Curated by Alexander Debono and Irene Biolchini, this exhibition engages some of the most prominent Modern and Contemporary Maltese artists. The collection includes the work of Josef Kalleya, Vincent Apap, Emvin Cremona, Esprit Barthet, Antoine Camilleri and Frank Portelli. These were acknowledged to be leading modern artists in Malta: six modern artists (1991), compiled by Dominic Cutajar, Emanuel Fiorentino and Kenneth Wain.
For Nisġa – Storja Kontemporanja, this all-male establishment collection comes together with more diverse voices in the form of artistic interventions from contemporary artists, including Isabelle Borg, Vince Briffa, Raymond Pitrè, George Fenech, Ruth Bianco, Anton Agius, Gabriel Caruana, Victor Agius, and others. Most of the contemporary works are found in digital format, creating an exhibition akin to an installation where all the elements converse and interact with one another.
Some works employ traditional techniques, others which incorporate modern media. Set in a carefully curated space, the exhibition explores the persona of the Maltese artist, while also illuminating Malta’s connections to European and international art narratives.
Nisġa – Storja Kontemporanja is open until the 4th November 2018 at Space A, Spazju Kreattive, St James Cavalier Valletta. Entrance is free of charge.