Collaboration is at the heart of the Malta Creative Collective, so when we hear of artists and creatives coming together across the island, we’re more than delighted to learn more. We are pleased to write our first collaboration feature that shines a spotlight on a photographic project by Inigo Taylor and Joanna Demarco - Valletta in 2018.
Valletta in 2018
Since 1985, each year, two cities within the European Union are granted the title of European Capital of Culture (ECoC), with its reign lasting one calendar year. Seven years after placing its bet, Malta’s capital city, Valletta became one in two of the ECoC title-holders during the programme’s 33rd year since inception.
The project Valletta in 2018 is an independent photographic project presenting the viewer with an alternative, unpolished angle to the city during its year in the spotlight as European Capital of Culture.
‘Whilst walking the streets of the city just days prior to the launch of Valletta 2018 (which became the final permeation of the term’s official name), we jointly felt that the polished version of Valletta that was being widely proliferated through the programme’s official publicity, did not provide a completely honest representation of the Valletta we experienced first-hand on its gridded streets. Our documentary project, Valletta in 2018, was born from that sense of misalignment.’
Throughout the year, Inigo and Jo visited Valletta frequently, covering all corners of the city’s footprint, in all types of weather, on varying occasions, during both eventful and uneventful moments, photographing whatever caught their eye. As the year progressed, they witnessed V18 make headlines for both the right and wrong reasons. In and around the activities and events, they felt it was necessary to keep documenting what actually was, what they saw, and what they experienced.
At no moment does Valletta in 2018 seek to be objective. Through their lens, we are provided with an unfiltered version of the city while the polished and staged photographs were front and centre promoting the city throughout the year.
The documentary social photographs were coherently put together and recently presented in an exhibition and beautifully presented in a publication.