Video Screening at St Patricks FC Zabbar
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At ST. Patrick’s Football Club in Zabbar, Malta, the Mahalla festival in cooperation with the community museum MUZA was screening video works by nine participants between November 18 and 25. Subject of the Video-Artworks were the Maltese Diaspora in Tunisia, the Chinese minority in Indonesia, the Georgian shadow-play and its tricks to bypass censorship, German Veterans traumatized in Afghanistan, future migration to space, suitcase memories from Palestine and Syria, and Sailor Pop-ais’ (alias Popeyes) solution for the refugee crisis. These works were showing a wide range of new narratives on various topics.
The FC St. Patrick’s Club just across the Palazzo hosted several international Video-Art-works. The reception of the opening of the exhibition in Zabbar was done in this club with moving interactions of artists, visitors and locals. During the entire week people would come by to have a drink, watch the Videos and to have a chat. We are very convinced that there is a high potential for such art-events in several undiscovered communities in Malta inviting local and international artists to discover spaces and history.
With videos by Bjørn Melhus (DE), I’m Not the Enemy. Andrew Cagle (USA), I Am No Bird. David Siegel (US) Refugees Welcome, Alaa Hamameh (PL/SYR/DE), A Suitcase Memory. Letta Shtohryn (UKR/MLT), Another. A story of self-exile. Charlie Cauchi (MLT), Hanina and others.
The Wandering Tower is the title of a surrealist short story by Sergej Prokofiev from the times of vivid migration movements on the edge of the world wars.
The Festival was quoting the title as a metaphorical frame for Mahalla 2020/2021. The tower of Babel is connected as a motive to the search for the origin of language and the access to the divine.