No Ordinary Terrain |
3 July 2021 - 1 August 2021
For the project NO ORDINARY TERRAIN artists Sandra Zaffarese, Aaron Bezzina, Keit Bonnici and Tom Van Malderen chose to explore a wide array of private experiences in the public realm. They joined forces as a temporary collective to present both individual and communal works through research, an exhibition, a number of events and an occupation of the museums’ public courtyard.
We are all familiar with marking out our territories, especially on our islands, where all sort of space is limited, precious and regularly contested. With NO ORDINARY TERRAIN, the artists invite the audience to have a close look at the appropriation of space both from a local and a globalized perspective, whilst tapping into personal and collective stories. They are digging deep into the various relationships between the public and the private sphere, and experience how the boundaries between both spheres can be more fluid, poetic, refreshing and inspiring than our polarized contemporary media bubbles make us believe.
NO ORDINARY TERRAIN unravels certain mechanisms in our society and asks us to reflect about the systems that we use unconsciously, each day; it illustrates that no terrain is ordinary and reveals more about who we are, and how we shape our reality and identity.
NO ORDINARY TERRAIN is supported by MUŻA and the Arts Council Malta’s Project Support Grant.
Highlights from the exhibition
Tom Van Malderen
Tom likes probing the intersections between art, design and architecture and his work ranges from buildings to furniture, installations and exhibition design. He enjoys exploring material gestures in everyday constellations, looking for split personalities in objects and tracing ambiguities in the construction of social space.
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Sandra would be secretly pleased if you find it hard to find her work based on astute observations of the real, her work acts as a highlighter pen to the real. She is interested in the overlooked and undercooked, demanding that once you have experienced the work that you will forever see echoes of it all around you. Sandra is a multidisciplinary artist but feels most at home in the sculptural domain.
Keit is a transdisciplinary conceptual artist and designer. He creates objects, performative interventions and narratives that question the social and political territories of space; speculating on alternative and obscured realities hidden within the mundane fabric of everyday life.
The notion of desire plays an important role in Aaron’s body of work. He is interested in creating anti-interactive objects, where the perils of engaging physically are made immediately visible, hence, leaving the viewer solely with a mental image of how the work would operate.