Figure Gozo & Malta – A multilevel project by Markus Kasemaa
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Estonian artist Markus Kasemaa is currently working on a multilevel project “Figure Gozo & Malta” in the frames of Gozo Art Camp 2017.
Markus started his project before the opening of the Gozo camp and said that he will continue during, and perhaps also after art camp.
“I first create images on base of maps of Gozo and Malta. The images will be part of series “Figure Maps” one of the artworks – a world map – has also featured on a Nature journal front cover.
He explained the idea behind the project, saying, “I will create images based on my (developing) understanding and perception of people, culture, nature, history, architecture, etc. of Gozo and Malta and will share the sketches, images and process videos on the special facebook page (but also elsewhere) for the viewers to follow the process.”
Markus studied art at the University of Tartu in Estonia – Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Painting. He received several international awards and is a third generation artist from one of the most well-known art dynasties of Estonia.
Markus said that he also wants to promote the much wider role of art /artist, and synergy between art and other fields. Currently he is working on a new series “Medicine” in co-operation with anaesthesiologist and military officer Dr. Lauri Kõrgvee from Tartu University Clinic. “The aim is to help doctors to express their more inner suppressed feelings but also involve more into art as a creative field.”
Kasemaa has had exhibitions in many different settings including streets, malls, schools and offices, such as at Skype, Fujitsu, Transferwise, Playtech, as well as in institutions, namely the Estonian Supreme Court and Government Ministries.
For a more detailed look at the images and to follow the progress of `Figure Gozo & Malta’ please see Kasamaa’s dedicated facebook page.
In 2015, the first edition of Art Camp was organised in Malta – partly at the Verdala Presidential Palace and partly in Gozo at the Villa Rundle. Followed by an exhibition and the launch of Art 2017 in Gozo last year
‘Art Camp Malta’ is an initiative organised by the Office of the Permanent Delegation of Malta to UNESCO through the Centre of Education, Science and Culture.
This initiative follows similar ones organised every two years by the National Commission of UNESCO in Andorra. It will bring together a number of established artists from the Mediterranean region, who, in the light of the current international affairs of instability and lack of peace, will work together, exchange ideas and understand each other, while using art as a common medium of communication.
Since 2012, HE Madame Hedva Ser, UNESCO’s Ambassador Artist for Peace, has been the Patron of the project.