The title makes reference to two key aspects defining the reality for immigrants in Malta: on the one hand, the perception of the island as a pre-European liminal space, which embodies transitoriness as a permanent condition, and on the other, the feeling of disenchantment and frustration at Malta being an unexpected destination in an otherwise idealised Europe. Indeed, a high number of immigrants in Malta are here by mistake, as a consequence of shipwrecks, ambiguous rescue initiatives, or institutionalised EU relocation policies. Malta then, becomes a state of in-between, of living in permanent limbus, reinforced by the precarious legal status they are granted as residents.
In Limbus symbolically reflects upon the links between current migrant stories and the building industry, in particular the participation of the migrant collective in a booming Maltese economy and their status as newcomers to Europe.
Spazju Kreattiv, St James Cavalier
Spazju Kreattiv is the artistic programme of St James Cavalier, Valletta. Guided by the principles of Identity, Diversity, and Legacy, the aim of the Spazju Kreattiv programme is to act as a catalyst for all forms of creative expression. To learn more about Spazju Kreattiv and its guiding principles, visit www.kreattivita.org
In Limbus will be exhibited at Blitz and Spazju Kreattiv, as follows:
Blitz, 68 St Lucia St, Valletta
7 – 24 September
Tuesday – Friday: 1.00 – 6.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Spazju Kreattiv, St James Cavalier, Castille, Valletta
26 September – 28 October
Monday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday – Friday: 9.00am – 9.00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10.00 – 9.00pm
Entry is free.