Local contemporary artists in Brussels and Gozo Exhibition

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Embracing Change in GozoTwenty four artistic exhibits, by Gozitan contemporary artists Rachel Galea, Kris Saliba, Manuel Farrugia and Anthony Caruana, are to be unveiled on Monday, at the main hall of the European Parliament in Brussels.

The artists have been invited by Maltese MEP Alfred Sant, and their work will feature Gozitan realities and aspirations.

“It is part of my strategy to make Gozitan aspirations and achievements better known in Europe,” explained the Maltese MEP.

Dr Sant continued by saying that, “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.”

Entitled ‘Embracing change in Gozo,’ the exhibition 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.

Once the exhibition has finished in Brussels it will be moving back to Gozo, providing an opportunity for everyone at home to see this special collection of works.

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.

“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,” said artist Manuel Farrugia. “It is a cultural heritage we Gozitans cherish in an age in which we are embracing changes at social and infrastructural levels.”

He added that, “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.”

The exhibition will have its official launch by the Minister of Gozo Justyne Caruana, and will be open between the 6th and 9th of March in Brussels.

Embracing Change in Gozo, will then open at the Il-Hagar Heart of Gozo Museum, in St George’s Square, Victoria, on Wednesday the 14th, until Thursday, the 22nd of March. Open daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm, entrance is free of charge. The exhibition curator is Manuel Grima.

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