Final exhibition of Ggantija 2013 Project to be held at St James Cavalier
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The final part of Ggantija 2013 Project, led by the Ars Vitae Ensemble will be held at the Upper Galleries of St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta, and will run from the 12th of July up to the 24th of August 2014.
During this final part of the project, new works by Victor Agius, including sculptures in mixed media will be exhibited.
Mariella Cassar’s new musical work Ggantija II will be performed on the 6th August in the music room at the same venue.
During this event, a fully illustrated catalogue, including images from the Ggantija 2013 performance, installation views of the final exhibition and the publication of the literary works by Mifsud, together with a CD containing audio clips of Ggantija 2013 will be given to guests. Ggantija II will be performed by Tricia Dawn Williams, Gisele Grima, Simon Abdilla Joslin and Alistair Attard.Ggantija 2013 Project is an ongoing- multidisciplinary work embracing music, visual art and literature. The project aims to dialogue with Ggantija, a Unesco World Heritage Site situated on the island of Gozo through the use of contemporary media. Curated by Dr Vince Briffa, this artistic initiative is a group effort between composer Mariella Cassar, artist Victor Agius and the international acclaimed Maltese writer Immanuel Mifsud.
The project was launched in June 2013 at the Temples via a performance of Ggantija 2013, composed by Cassar and penned by Mifsud, and sculpture interventions and light installations by Agius.
Between June and November 2013 a number of interactive hands-on workshops were held at Heritage Malta’s National Museum of Archaeology, the Manoel Theatre in Valletta, Ggantija Interpretation Centre, Xaghra Youth Centre and Skola Sajf in Xaghra Gozo.
These were led by Agius and Cassar themselves while the one at the Manoel Theatre for the Music teachers was led by Dr Chris Best from Falmouth University of the UK. All these workshops aimed to show ways of how to interact with a historical site via contemporary art and music.
When commenting on the works presented during last year’s performance, the project curator Dr Vince Briffa stated that, “Agius’s sculptural and media installations, redefines today’s meaning of collective ritual through a combined process of production and reaffirms man’s innate regard for the creative process as a distinctive means of realising a higher state of being.”
He added that, “the ambiguity of this evocation is further heightened by the visceral sonority of Cassar’s composition which manages to concurrently evoke the primordial desires of our ancestors while contemporaneously speak in a modish language.”
Ggantija 2013 Project is hosted by St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity and Heritage Malta and is supported by the Malta Arts Fund, Banif Bank (Malta) plc, GasanMamo Insurance, Gozo Cultural Office, Xaghra Local Council, Gozo Express Services Ltd, Marsamena Wines, Artsphere International and The Janatha Stubbs Foundation.
Photographs: Top by Tonio Schembri and below the photo is by Anthony Grech.