Tiles of Occupation


Tiles of Occupation reflects on the use of land and how we break it up into built and unbuilt spaces with many ‘grey areas’ under constant threat of further development. It questions the ongoing urban encroachment of rural spaces in the name of progress, without concern for the value of landscapes or the character of villages. Set up temporarily and on multiple locations, this project challenges the rampant development of land by momentarily disturbing spaces and vistas with a billboard structure that exhibits a set of concrete tiles. Progressively produced on various sites and embedding found materials and objects, these tiles are relics of spaces that are already under threat, and others that might follow soon. Tiles of Occupation was part of the ARTIVISTI Programme 2019 - 2020 and supported by the Arts Council Malta and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ. Set up at: Wied Għomor - San Ġwann/ l-Aħrax tal-Mellieħa/ Xgħajra/ Manoel Island, Malta. Exhibited during ‘un/usual occurrence’ collective exhibition at The Mill, curated by Elyse Tonna as part of the SPRING Artistic Programme by the Gabriel Caruana Foundation as well as during the APS Summer Festival 2021.


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