Gozitan contemporary artists Rachel Galea, Kris Saliba, Manuel Farrugia and Anthony Caruana have been invited by Maltese MEP Alfred Sant, to unveil twenty four artistic exhibits at the main hall of the European Parliament.
Featuring Gozitan realities and aspirations – the exhibition entitled ‘Embracing change in Gozo,’ will provide an opportunity for MEPs and visitors to the European Parliament from EU countries to appreciate the works of artists living on an island at the periphery of Europe.
The Gozitan artists, who are displaying six paintings each, said that the fact that they come from a small island on the periphery of the European continent strengthens their resolve to be creative in this showcase opportunity.
Manuel Farrugia said, “these paintings have been conceived as a tribute to the natural beauty of our island in conjunction with the careful man-made interventions devised throughout the years which gave a distinctive character to the island. It is a cultural heritage we Gozitans cherish in an age in which we are embracing changes at social and infrastructural levels.”
“The paintings are a testimony of what we were and we still are; they express the need of salvaging our identity and heritage and the need of finding the right balance with the expectations and demands of contemporaneity.” said one of the artists exhibiting his art pieces,” he added.
“It is part of his strategy to make Gozitan aspirations and achievements better known in Europe,” explained the Maltese MEP.
“Their artistic interpretations deserve such a recognition at the European Parliament. They deserve support and appreciation for their creative initiatives. They are making a difference while overcoming the economic and social difficulties arising from the double insularity that Gozo like other EU islands, suffers from.” said Dr Sant.
Logistical preparations for the transportation of the works of art are underway to ensure the exhibits will be mounted in a successful and effective way.
The exhibition will be officially launched by Minister of Gozo Justyne Caruana, and will be open between the 6th and 9th of March.