Hold on to the air in your pockets | Aidan Celeste & Johannes Buch |

Artists-in-Residence | |

12 Nov 2021 - 9 Jan 2022

The residency brings together the work of Johannes Buch and Aidan Celeste. They will use their skills in publication to revisit and curate a narrative with contributions from experts in heritage and maritime, as well as collaborations with other artists. This research will be used to contextualise their personal interventions around the Grand Harbour, and focus on its relationship to great storms. How do we deal with such a radical force of nature? How does it shape our values and engagement? The project takes place under the guise of a reading room in the Residency Space at MUŻA. It will be the main site for the artists to engage their immediate community, and invite them to contribute through workshops, events, as well to present the design of a new site-specific intervention.

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Aidan Celeste

The artist’s practice is based in research, publication, and a set of artistic counterpoints. Aidan developed this approach as part of the curatorial team for (nl)Data in the 21st Century in 2015. Essentially, it embeds the arts in real life scenarios, a practice that now finds a host in his contributions to the curatorial team for the upcoming (mt)FUSE in 2021, as well as (eu)AMASS until 2023.

His approach aims to ask better questions and engage critically with the world around us. In Malta, this work included What Will Fall for Maren Richer’s Dal-Bahar Madwarha in 2018, his contribution to Elaine Bonavia’s [V]room of Requirement in 2021, as well as other peer networks of artists such as Fragmenta Malta in 2015, and Momentum in 2019.


Johannes Buch

Johannes’ practice includes graphic and exhibition design, photography, and curation. Johannes curates with the urban fabric by designing essential details. This often takes the shape of in-situ sculpture, among other disciplines, such as his contributions to the studio, FoAM Filfla, Anna’s Weekend at Blitz Malta, and Fleeting Territories.

As an alumni of (nl)ArtEZ Institute for Art & Design, he studied Graphic Design in Arnhem, as well as Art & Communication Design in Enschede. In addition, he also holds a Master of Arts in Exhibition Design from HS Düsseldorf where he graduated by developing a multichannel cinematographic exhibition about Ethnographic Music and Film.


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