Wasn’t expecting this to go head with the pandemic, but we got there. I’ve been working on this story about Malta since the mid 90’s. I am half Maltese, it is the land of my mother. My father was posted there with The Royal Marines. I have never lived here, but was always fascinated by the story & culture of this nation. A post colonial country, who gained independence from Britain in the 1970’s, I became aware that I was watching a country find its own identity and its own feet, and i wanted to record it visually. The first room welcomes you to an island of traditional values. The founding fathers of an independent Malta. Family, religion, a community at work. The second room shows a video installation I made at The Marsa Horse races. The third room is looking at politics and religion at work on the island. Including an image of the day The EU referendum was won. The last room challenges the viewer to look at contemporary social issues. The role of women in society, and Malta’s place on the front line of the migrant crisis for the past decade.
The show finishes with an image created around the subject of surrender. My great grandfather was a historian and had written many books on the subject of Malta’s fascinating history. He observed that the island was a microcosm of what was going on in Western civilisation. With the murder of a colleague, Daphne Caruana Galicia In 2017, that statement rang true for me more than ever. I have watched Malta’s rapid transformation in the past 20 years, and seen the fall out from change coming so fast to people’s lives. A nation caught between a new and old world. A nation divided, just as we have seen throughout the world in recent years. Corruption becoming a global issue. This show was about returning to fact. Finding creative solutions. It is important for me that the work I produce is shared with the next generation. That history teaches us lessons. Understanding one’s story, one’s collect roots is key to doing forward from this time. Working on this show was a return to balance for my own life. It was also a personal memorial for Daphne, and the love she had for Malta’s land and culture, that we all share.
The works on show have been donated to The Malta National Archive.
There were 52 works in total.