Uncovering Transition |
Photography | |
17 September 2021 - 14 November 2021
Throughout the Auberge d’Italie’s transformations and the transition of the space into the Malta National Community Art Museum, MUŻA went through several meticulous documentation phases with particular interest in the ongoing changes in the fabrication of the building. This documentation aided in the discovery of new layers and spaces within the Auberge’s finest nooks. Due to the Auberge d’Italie’s new purpose, that of an art museum, it was necessary to capture this conversion from more of an artistic perspective and so, a public call was issued. A number of photographers were selected to continue this journey with MUŻA-Heritage Malta’s team.
In ‘Uncovering Transition’, we can see representations of what these photographers experienced while working within the walls of the Auberge d’Italie which was being transformed into a space dedicated to inspiration and creativity.
Highlights from the exhibition
Fritz, born 1975 in Germany, moved to Malta in 2012 where he started to take photography more seriously. He is a self didact photographer and from his passion he made it to his profession. He would never call himself an artist but sees his photography as a craftmanship combined with a eye for the beauty. Fritz is specialised in landscape and real estate photography. Another passion of him is trekking and while he discovered Malta he always had his camera with him to capture the beautiful landscapes of our island. Fritz had a solo exhibition at the Palazzo de Piro in 2017. Prints from this exhibition can still be seen at the main entrance of Mater Dei Hospital and the restaurant of the Palazzo de Piro in Mdina. In 2018 he added aerial photography to his toolset and created one of the biggest portfolios of Maltese landscapes which can be seen on https://fritz.photography.
Joe, as he is more commonly known, comes from a fine art background that encompasses photography, painting and the graphic media. He has been in photography since 1979 and is a Fellow of the Malta Institute of Professional Photographers, and Fellow of various UK professional photographic organisations. He studied graphic design in Florence, Italy and in 2015 he successfully read for a Masters Degree in Fine Art, Digital Arts at the University of Malta.
Joe works mainly in social documentary, the performing arts, portraiture, architectural and fine art photography. He has exhibited extensively locally as well as overseas and has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards including being shortlisted for exhibition in the prestigious Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2014, 2015 and 2021. He is also often called to sit on judging panels of international photographic competitions and also to deliver masterclasses both locally and abroad. His work has been published in various local and foreign publications.
Nigel Baldacchino (b. 1989) is an artist and design architect based in Malta. His artistic practice extends to various media, including photography, music production, video, text, and design of physical objects / spaces.
His use of photography as a medium tends mostly towards a painterly artistic dynamic, in that his work is often less about showcasing content than it is about evoking mood through visual expression and conveying personal comments on the perception of a knowingly shared reality. His impetus towards taking photographs runs loose in theme, and is often fueled instead sporadically by his own recurring musings and observations about the way one relates to the world around them through their presence in space and their perception of it.
Ramon Portelli’s interest in photography started as a hobby. Trained as an airline pilot in a previous life Ramon gradually developed his skills in photography over the years, finding his niche in architecture and interiors which Portelli has been photographing professionally for the last few years.
Portelli is self-taught, however he attributes most of his artistic inspiration to his grandfather, the modernist artist Frank Portelli. He finds that his creativity comes into fruition with his abstract environmental photographs, mostly taken in everyday urban environments.
As part of his interest in photographing the built environment and inspired by circumstances in April 2020, Portelli embarked on a project titled “Out and About – a socially distant series” (Featured in the Sunday Times of Malta). The result was a series of images captured within the virtual space of Google Street View which felt eerily similar to the bleak mood on the streets at the time.
Ritty Tacsum (b.1990) is a Malta-based experimental photographer and multimedia artist with a predisposition for multi-layered stories and narratives. Her work taps into memory and makes abundant reference to context, time and place. Architecture features prominently in her work, as do moody surreal settings often dominated by masked anamorphic or androgynous figures.
Ritty’s work has already been the subject of seven solo shows. Her work has been featured in countless art and design publications and she has been exhibited in high calibre curated shows in Europe, USA, Middle East and Asia.
Stephen Vella (b.1977) has been shooting photos since the age of 14 when he was given his first camera. He was a member of the Malta Photographic Society for 15 years. He participated in several collective exhibitions and in 2005 he had his first personal exhibition entitled “Receding Waves”. These photographic works were also exhibited in Milan, Italy. He later took part in Valletta Notte Bianca 2007 activities with an exhibition called “Trees”. In May 2011 Stephen was one of the photographers taking part in the Valletta Photo Festival with a portfolio called “Negative Form”. In 2014 one of his prints was chosen as part of the Photogram Open 2014 at Urmson-Burnett Gallery in Salisbury and also exhibited at the Bristol Photo Festival 2014. His work was also chosen for RUUT exhibition at the Malta Maritime Museum, celebrating Malta’s 10 year membership in the EU. Recently he had a one man exhibition entitled “Structures” at AP in Valletta organised by Michael Bock and also published a book called “of light and form” with his photographic works. Stephen has his own personal darkroom and lately he has been experimenting with plastic cameras and different formats. Stephen is currently a full-time Art Peripatetic Teacher within the Education Department. He also works as a part time art teacher at the Malta School of Arts in Valletta and regularly delivers specialised courses dealing with alternative photographic processes.
Therese Debono is a documentary photographer covering places, the streets and portraiture: endangered places, local interiors, and documentary portraiture are amongst the subjects she explores and interprets. Her personal projects include Maltese Interiors, Brides on Beds, Class of ‘93 and Portraits of Youth. The latter is a new project which she has started working on recently through her experience with students as a photography lecturer.
Her main work with places revolves around the loss of heritage in her country as well as the over development that is currently on-going that is destroying the spirit of the places that once were so powerful and unique in the island of Malta. Her latest project, ‘Blank’ is an activist investigation against the excessive building industry.
Therese grew up in Malta. She graduated from the University of Malta with an MFA in Digital Arts and an MA in Cultural Heritage. She currently lectures photography and cultural heritage units at MCAST Institute for Creative Arts, as well as photography units at University of Malta within the departments of Communications and Media and Knowledge Science.