Gozitan artists should be encouraged to exhibit across Europe – Sant
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MEP Alfred Sant has said that, Gozitan artists deserve encouragement to exhibit their works of art across Europe. “All options should be considered to provide opportunities to artists living on this island at the periphery of Europe.”
He made the remarks during a visit to ART CUBE Art Gallery, in Mgarr Road, Xewkija, with an exhibition featuring the work of Gozitan artist Christopher Saliba, who the MEP said, has built a reputation as “one of the most authentic talents emerging from Malta’s sister island.”
Christoper Saliba was one of four Gozitan artists, who last March were invited by Dr Sant to exhibit works of art on Gozitan realities and aspirations at the European Parliament.
Embracing Change in Gozo – the title of the exhibition held in Brussels, “was one of my best experiences at the European Parliament.,” said the Maltese MEP.
Christopher Saliba said that the fact that Gozitan artists are from a small island on the periphery of the European continent strengthens the resolve to be creative.
“My artistic rendition is 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 Gozo,” he said.
“It is a cultural heritage we Gozitans cherish in an age in which we are embracing changes at social and infrastructural levels. My artistic works 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.” Christopher Saliba told the Maltese MEP.
Dr Sant congratulated the Gozitan artist for his creativity and entrepreneurship to showcase his works of art in Gozo.
“This gives Maltese and foreign visitors in Gozo the opportunity to view and obtain works of art of a high calibre,” remarked the Maltese MEP.