Art exhibition opens in Victoria honouring the Azure Window
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Tieqa tad-Dwejra – an art exhibition by Patrice Pantin to honour the Azure Window, has been opened at Lazuli Art Gallery, Palm Street, Victoria, Gozo.
The exhibition is an opportunity to honour Gozo’s heritage, and for people to come together to celebrate the beauty of art inspired by nature, the gallery said. Thursday marked the first anniversary since the collapse of the Azure Window at Dwejra – an iconic landmark on Gozo.French artist Patrice Pantin was one of those who understood that this majestic sculpture was more than just a tourist attraction and this is found in his latest exhibition: Tieqa tad-Dwejra – A Tribute to the Azure Window.
Present for the opening, were the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, the French Ambassador to Malta, Madame Béatrice le Fraper du Hellen, Patrice Pantin the artist, the Mayor of San Lawrenz Noel Formosa and Charlotte Lombard the Gallery’s owner, to name but a few.The gallery said that a series of mesmerising paintings, which are both pictorial and photographic, take their inspiration from six precious fragments of the arch that were brought to the surface from where the Tieqa tad-Dwejra now rests under the azure waters of the Mediterranean.
“Two of these stones sang out to Patrice, because when joined together they became two halves of a heart, symbolising the spiritual essence of this vanquished guardian,” the gallery said.
The artist remarked, “this small piece of limestone is like a miniature island. When you take this stone from the water, you seize the whole island. It is a detail but also the whole, another territorial extension like the map I made in 2015. The idea of death and body is emphasised by the drapes of a shroud revealed through the acrylic paint…”
Patrice continued by saying that, “the black series evokes sculpture every bit as imposing as Azure Window could be: each piece, through its sheer size and black colour, highlights the romantic illusion of this guardian’s portrait. The white series, through its monochromatic photography, accentuates the feeling of abyssal void felt in face of such a submarine chaos and inspires a true lyrical experience of the senses.”
“What is left in your heart is the great absence; the stone is stronger because it is here without being here. It is what I call the hidden visible.”
Patrice lives and works in Pantin, near Paris, where for the last 20 years he has been honing the unique cloth technique he uses in this distinctive work. Tieqa tad-Dwejra is Patrice Pantin’s second offering to the Maltese Islands.
The exhibition will be opens to the public from today, Saturday, the 10th of March until Sunday the 1st of April on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am -1pm.
Photographs by Alain Salvary