Walking through the narrow Valletta streets, I often find myself engulfed in its architecture, connected to the diversity of its people, and intrigued by the myriad of new places I encounter on each visit. Many a time I wish I could freeze everything for one fleeting, solitary moment, just to be able to absorb all that our capital city has to offer. If only.
Yet next Friday, we may come close, and I revel in the thought of the journey that the upcoming Creative Circuit ep.02 will take me on across Valletta. Albeit a micro snippet of the vast and overlapping art, design, and culture the city extends to us, it is a morsel that will feed my creative soul.
I have only once caught a glimpse of the social documentary project that Inigo Taylor has been working on since 2007. As he digs deeper into Maltese society through his lens, I was drawn into the changing landscape and inhabitants. It is an expressive perspective of growth, transformation, and humanity.
Dramatic portraits previously took centre stage in the works by Gulja Holland, but I am captivated by her recent collection of her depiction of candid beach scenes that she will be unveiling.
Photographs have the ability to transport you to other times and places, but what I enjoy most about photographs is their ability to provide you with the opportunity to look through the window of the photographer’s passion. With her snaps, Elsa Allen lends us a glimpse into her travels, into cultures and humanity, and into her own human experience.
Sergio Muscat’s works speak to me with a magical mystery . The colours and shapes seem to draw me into a deeper level of the painting and perhaps into the place of my own thoughts.
Marrying the beautiful architecture of our streets with art, Daphne Bugeja’s meticulous ink sketches of our island’s visual heritage depict symmetry in a freehand drawing with an elegant and fluid-like feel.
If I wanted to hang a part of the the sea onto my wall, it would be possible with the beautiful ceramics crafted by Robbie Mazzaro of RO Art Ceramics. Her pieces draw from nature, but her exhibit at the upcoming Circuit will be revealing a limited edition of Maltese doors, a fascinating element of our local urbanscape.
From what seem to be delicate threads, Gioia Clavenzani and Ivano Ghinelli of JAD weave and design articulated contemporary jewellery that resembles items in nature. Their approach with origin lends their collections a deeper and more profound meaning.
In her project The Cement Bakery, Margerita Pulè brings together two everyday, fine-powder substances with invaluable meaning - flour and cement. I will be curious to see how she uses her work to shine a light on the way flour - and now cement - can both be said to be the life-blood of our society.
As I sit back, I think of how this upcoming Circuit will be an exploration of pockets of our city that is brimming with culture. Moreso, I feel it will be a door into my own creative spirit by way of the intricately woven facets of humanity, colour, design, nature and materials that these talented individuals will lend me coupled with the spaces I will have the opportunity to view them in.
Creative Circuit ep. 02 shall be taking place across differing venues in Valletta on 5 April 2019 from 6pm.