Installation by Rakel Vella in and around the Qalet Marku Tower
Rakel Vella has been exploring the duality of protection and surveillance that the Tower has provided over centuries. The ‘watchfulness’ potentially also relates to the vigilance required for the preservation of historical landmarks and vulnerable natural ecosystems, drawing a parallel between the historical use of the Tower for coastal defence and its modern ‘defensive’ role in conservation. However, blind spots are also exposed; while certain areas are under strict watch, those that do not merit such attention, suffer neglect.
Her installation is part of Beyond What Drifts Us Apart, and a collaboration between Unfinished Art Space and the Istanbul-based Diyalog.
The site-specific installation will be realized in the frame of a residency program by MagiC Carpets. MagiC Carpets is a Creative Europe platform uniting 21 European cultural organizations that create opportunities for emerging artists to embark on journeys to unknown lands and to create, together with local artists and local communities, new works that highlight local specificities. Unfinished Art Space is partner of the network and nominated Rakel to participate in Beyond What Drifts Us Apart.
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Beyond What Drifts Us Aprt
Beyond What Drifts Us Apart (BWDUA) is the title of an art event curated by Elyse Tonna in the frame of the Mahalla Festival 2023 taking place in November 2023 in Malta.