Date(s) - 01 Jul 2021 - 22 Jul 2021
Exhibition by Thomas Scerri
Curated by Roderick Camilleri
Dates: 1 to 22 July 2021
Venue: Art Galleries of the Malta Society of Arts,
Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta
Mondays & Fridays – 8am–7pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays – 8am–12.30pm & 3pm–8pm
Saturdays – 9am–1.30pm
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays
Entrance is free, subject to Covid-19 measures
Through the combination of painting and sculpture, ‘Rooftops’ sheds light on the current existential context of Malta, informed by the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. It probes into the idea of isolation and individual confinement within an environment that is inundated by the perpetual state of the construction industry. An environment that is in a state of rapid transition in which open green spaces are being heedlessly engulfed. Spaces that are proven to elevate mood, ease out anxieties and help curb depressive disorders which are currently at an all-time high due to the current situation. This work reflects on the social and cultural aspects related to the overdevelopment and aggressive appropriation of space in the Maltese islands.
Thomas studied at the University of Malta achieving a BFA and MFA in Digital Arts. He has been exhibiting his work locally for the past 6 years at respected galleries such as Spazju Kreattiv, Lazuli and Iniala 5 and has also exhibited internationally at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie, Arles, France under the curation of renowned photographer Tadashi Ono. In 2018, he won first prize in ‘Shifting Contexts’ which took place at Spazju Kreattiv in collaboration with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ. His work tends to explore subjects beyond the surface value, which often leads to abstraction. The resulting forms are primarily driven by the unconscious and dictated by the material. He frequently challenges the boundary between the man-made and the natural. While doing so, his work often aims to raise concerns about the potential consequences of unsustainable human intervention.