Grounded in local references and imagery, this exhibition incorporates pop and punk imagery with Byzantine art to create a contemporary morality tale in a narrative that references both recent local events as well as universal themes. There is an appropriation of recognizable visual elements of local popular culture and subverts them to challenge notions of belonging and alienation.
"Ex Voto" is a project that revolves around Christian iconography, the conditions of living on an island and the relation to the sea. Maltese seascapes are depicted in contrast with urban Berlin landscapes to create platforms on which solemnly silent figures exist.
The works explore the ambiguous relation between the sea and the individuals who feel threatened by the physical isolation that it creates, but also feel that the sea gives them an identity, at par with their Catholic upbringing. This body of works bears testimony to contemporary salvation, liberation,and an introspective journey which often leads to solitude.
Back in the 90's, Rhythm is a Dancer blasting out from every bar and car, Escorts, Capris, Triumphs, all modified and tinted up...memories of being a kid during a 90's summer in Malta. I can remember that all of us boys wanted to get our left ear pierced (either a petite gold ring or chunky fake silver one), get a cool car, write the name of our favourite song along the windscreen and go to rave parties, which were the new place to be and where young ones did drugs and had a blast...yeah a couple died, but most didn't.
Theprints capture the spirit of a country which back to 15 years ago was more laid back and laws and regulations were easy to bend. Linking teenage love, cheesy pop songs and fatalities, these works were done in bold, sharp contrasting colours that shows an "in your face" attitude.