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The Archive: Memories & Recollections – MSA Members’ Exhibition 2023

17 August, 2023 | 9:00 am - 7 September, 2023 | 7:00 pm

The Archive – Malta Society of Arts’ Members’ Exhibition 2023

A collective fine art exhibition by more than 50 Members of the Malta Society of Arts

The Archive: Memories and Recollections – MSA Members’ Exhibition 2023 is a visual art project organised by the Malta Society of Arts as part of its 2023 programme of events commemorating the centenary anniversary of the Society at Palazzo de La Salle.

This artistic venture will present a selection of works created by the Malta Society of Arts’ members. The work revolves around memories and recollections generated by using different references which act as an archive. This notion is inspired by the Society’s archive which was one of the main sources of data and inspiration for this year’s artistic projects.

The exhibition will be held at the Galleries of Palazzo de La Salle from 17th August till 7th September and is directed and curated by Roderick Camilleri.

Further details

The Malta Society of Arts’ members’ exhibition has become a highly anticipated event on the MSA’s calendar that brings together different creatives, artists, and art lovers to work on a unique collaborative project, layered with different inputs generated by teamwork and joint ventures.

Past members’ exhibitions, such as Perception in 2018, provided a vital boost of energy that supplied participants with a fresh sense of vigour and thirst for artistic research and innovation in their work. The collaborations that emerged from the process encouraged divergent artistic practices and experimentation to flourish; participants had the opportunity to explore different and unconventional processes and materials such as olfactory painting, kinetic sculpture, tactile drawing, and other unconventional methods of creation. The MSA members’ exhibition has become a special place where the members can find a sense of community within the institution through acts of cooperation and collaboration.

This year’s exhibition will follow on this idea; however its theme will be linked to the Malta Society of Arts’ 100th anniversary at the magnificent Palazzo de La Salle, which is being celebrated with a special programme of events taking place throughout the year. The programme was designed around themes linked with history, identity, and memory – celebrating significant landmarks that characterise a century-long story of the MSA and the arts in Malta. The majority of the events forming part of the programme are rooted in or supported by the Society’s resourceful repository of knowledge, namely, its archive.

The archive has proved to be one of the most exciting starting points for many of these projects, and the members’ exhibition was no exception. The extensive collection of documents stored at Palazzo de La Salle has provided indispensable information about past events, important information about the palace itself, and intriguing data which sheds light on the social history and the artistic context of this institution over the course of the 20th century.

Moreover, the archive has been the essential source connecting the diverse elements of this multifaceted institution. The crucial aspect of the archive is that it acts as a form of matrix which generates connections through recollections and remembering.

The MSA members’ exhibition will borrow this general idea and develop it into an exhibition project. Starting from artistic research, the archival records will provide the opportunity for all the participants to develop their own take on the idea that the archive is a receptacle where recollections, identity and memory can be formulated. Some participants will probe into different modes of reminiscence and explore the phenomenon of remembering as a process of recognising or connecting. Others will explore material, tangible or intangible elements associated with the Society and its history. A few artists will use their subjective and personal memoirs to create a kind of confessional art or use elements linked with their history or memory as a source of inspiration and artistic expression.

List of Participating Artist Members

  1. Joseph Agius
  2. Fabiola Agius Anastasi
  3. Carmen Aquilina
  4. Kamy Aquilina
  5. Joanne Azzopardi
  6. Noel Azzopardi
  7. Josian Bonello
  8. Carm Borg
  9. Dione Borg
  10. Clint Calleja
  11. Dave Calleja
  12. Daniela Camilleri
  13. Josette Casha
  14. Adrienne Cassar
  15. Matthew Cassar
  16. Alex Dalli
  17. Patrick Dalli
  18. Maria Rossella Dalmas
  19. Katel Delia
  20. Jessica DeMers
  21. Damian Ebejer
  22. Margaret Farrugia
  23. Jason Fenech
  24. Censu Fenech
  25. Marita Fenech
  26. Michelle Gialanze
  27. Daniela Guevska
  28. Eman Grima
  29. Marion Gruebl
  30. Josephine Hili
  31. Sun Hui
  32. Eric Kaiser
  33. Yuexin Kong
  34. Edward Micallef
  35. Leanne Lewis
  36. Jordan Muscat
  37. Gabriela Nicolaescu
  38. Audrey Pace
  39. Nadya Peovska
  40. Roberto Prestigiacomo
  41. Joseph Pulo
  42. Quinn Salter
  43. Ethan Salter
  44. Valerio Schembri
  45. Josianne Spiteri
  46. Lucienne Spiteri
  47. Stefan Spiteri
  48. Darren Tanti
  49. Elena Toncheva
  50. Audrey Vella
  51. Tanya Vella
  52. Isaac Warrington
  53. Robert Zahra
  54. Charmaine Zammit
  55. Alison Zammit Endrich

Bio Note of Curator Roderick Camilleri

Roderick Camilleri is a practising artist and a curator. He studied philosophy, Art and Art History at the University of Malta, and holds a B.A. (2010) and an M.A. (2015). He attended various professional development programmes at international institutions such as the Royal Academy of Arts (London) and Slade University (London). Camilleri also furthered his artistic practice at professional studios in Edinburgh, Rome, Venice, and Marrakesh, amongst others.

Camilleri is an active participant in the local art scene. His interdisciplinary visual art practice explores themes related to ontology, metaphysics and materiality. Camilleri works as a full-time art educator, teaching studio practice and theory at the Malta School of Art in Valletta.

He is currently the Vice-President of the Malta Society of Arts.

Dates

17 August to 7 September 2023

Venue

Art Galleries of the Malta Society of Arts,
Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta

Opening Hours

Mondays and Fridays: 9am to 7pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays: 9am to Noon & 4pm to 7pm
Saturdays: 9am to 1pm
Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed

Entrance Fee

Free

Details

Start:
17 August, 2023 | 9:00 am
End:
7 September, 2023 | 7:00 pm

Venue

Palazzo de La Salle
Republic Street
Valletta,
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