A Collective Exporing Gozitan Art Between Past And Present Launches Today

A collective celebrating Gozitan art between the past and present is launching today (Saturday 30th April) at Teatru Astra in Gozo, under the artistic direction of lecturer Mark Sagona.

‘The Identity of an Island’ is divided into two main events, a contemporary art collective under the theme of Alternative Perspectives and an art-historical conference entitled The Artistic Legacy of Gozo.

Through this, it’s planning to link Gozo’s artistic legacy with present artistic production.

The event is under the artistic direction of Dr Mark Sagona, a visual artist and resident academic in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Malta.

The 29 participants were selected after a public call for proposals. Among the themes analyzed by the different projects, there are immigration, insularity, connectivity, work and ritual, religion and politics, the environment, construction and overdevelopment, among others.

Alternative Perspectives proposes itself as a platform for contemporary artistic dialogue which sees visual artists and creative practitioners engaging with the theme of Gozo today, especially mindful of the issues and phenomena affecting Gozo’s contemporary identity, in a fresh, unorthodox and innovative manner.

Additionally, the art-historical conference, convened by Sagona, brings together academic members and past students of the Department of Art and Art History, Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta, to discuss aspects of the multi-faceted artistic heritage of Gozo with reference to art, architecture, and contemporary practice.

The event will be accompanied by a publication edited by Dr Sagona, which will include the proceedings of the conference and a catalog of the exhibited works.

Both events will take place during the month of May 2022 at the newly-refurbished complex of the Teatru Astra in Victoria, Gozo.

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