PADIGLIONE DI MALTA alla 59. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte – La Biennale di Venezia
Arts Council Malta Press Release, February 2022 Curatori: Keith Sciberras (Malta) and Jeffrey Uslip (USA) Espositori: Arcangelo Sassolino...
On the occasion of the 2022 Venice Biennale, curators Keith Sciberras (MLT) and Jeffrey Uslip (USA); artists Arcangelo Sassolino (ITA) and Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci (MLT); and composer Brian Schembri (MLT) re-articulate Caravaggio’s seminal altarpiece The Beheading of St. John the Baptist (1608) as an immersive, sculptural, site-specific installation that bridges biblical narrative with contemporary culture.
"In physical terms our project will redefine the space of the Oratory of the Decollato through a fascinating yet complex dialogue between art and technology. The primary medium is metal and this further underscores a relation to the material histories of the modern world, which ushered in the era of steel and technology. Our project is about a dialogue between metal and silence, spiritualised by raining fire and its capture by water."
Keith Sciberras, Curator.
The image of fire raining down from the heavens is universally understood as a harbinger of Earth’s apocalyptic demise.
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