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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.

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"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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Lead Patrons

Lisa and Thomas Blumenthal

Umberta Gnutti Beretta

Lino Dainese

Rino Mastrotto


Bank of Valletta

Malta Tourism Authority

IZI Group

Piero Atchugarry

Umberto Gnutti Beretta

Manuela and Carlo Bonetti

Massimo Cocco

Giuseppe Fortuna

Massimo Giammetta

Silivia and Stefano Gris

Paolo Kauffmann

Sabina and Marco Rosa

Lauria and Cristian Zanussi

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