The making of “Zabbar calling Citta Hompesch”
Ferdinand von Hompesch was the last Grandmaster of the order of St. John. He founded the city of Zabbar and lost the island to France in 1799. The former noble town transformed to a place for the working class in the 20th century.
The Palazzo in Zabbar served as a Police-Station in the 1950th. In 1958 some locals burned a motorbike in front of the building. The uprisings against the British colonial forces began. Since these days the Palazzo was opened the first time to public again during the exhibition (17.-25.11.2018). The artists worked side-specific to underline the spirit of the space and to add there positions in various ways. Maltese and International artists united their creativity and transformed the Palazzo to a place representing the spirit of Mahalla Malta.
The title, Palimpsest, originally denotes a piece of writing material on which the original writing has been erased to make room for later writing.
However, traces of the overwritten texts remain.
This paleographic phenomenon will inspire the artists of the Mahalla Festival 2022. They will be concerned with the use of resources in a
comprehensive way: in terms of ecological, economic, political, social and communal memory culture.