An exhibition has been opened at the European Parliament in Brussels which showcases work by Gozitan artists Christopher Saliba, Rachel Galea, Manuel Farrugia and Anthony Caruana.
The exhibition of 24 works of art display realities, aspirations and embracing change in Gozo.
It focuses on the work in progress of Gozitan artists as they develop their idiom in a dialectic between a past that relied on protected traditions, and a changing present and future.
Artist Christopher Saliba told journalists in Brussels that “this is an excellent opportunity for us artists to address the issue of people living in Gozo to strike the right balance between salvaging their identity and meeting the demands and expectations of contemporaneity.”
Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, who declared the exhibition open, said that it was “indeed a privilege to inaugurate the exhibition.” She added that the Gozitan artists’ exhibits represent a small island brimming with artistic and creative talents.
Dr Caruana remarked that, “paintings are the language of a human mind and heart that narrate our smiles and tears, our anxieties and aspirations.”
Maltese MEP Alfred Sant, who invited the Gozitan artists to exhibit their artistic creations, said that constrained by a double insularity, the small island community of Gozo faces the ongoing challenges created by post modernisation and a need to adapt to economic and social discontinuities.
He added that, “the artists of Gozo have been giving witness to the experiences deriving from these challenges that have also affected – and are still affecting in a significant manner – the identity and cultural profile of their island.”
The exhibition was coordinated and set up by Curator Manwel Grima.
The public in Gozo will also have the opportunity to view the exhibition when it returns to Gozo next week. It will be then set up at the Il-Hagar museum in Victoria, from the 13th to the 22nd of March.