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Oct 5

GROUNDWATERS: outsider perspectives and visions of elsewhere

October 5 @ 2:00 pm - November 17 @ 7:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until November 12, 2022

Free

GROUNDWATERS: outsider perspectives and visions of elsewhere

Curated by Gabriel Zammit
Participating artists: Anonymous, Emma Attard, Adrian Camilleri, William Driscoll, Emma Johnson, Salvina Muscat, Joe Vassallo
Opening Evening: 30th September 2022 | 18:00 – 21:00
1st October 2022 – 12th November 2022
​Wed – Sat | 14:00 – 19:00

The label of outsider art has come to function as an umbrella term for individuals producing work outside the culturally established centres of psychological or social normality. Outsider art is characterised by an almost total stylistic freedom and a unique use of materials with a disregard for ‘correct’ form as well as a lack of concern for art-historical context. One of the widest defining hallmarks of outsider art is that it is unselfconscious and unmoored from the usual cultural forces directing artists in their practice. The category itself is a site of conceptual conflict.

GROUNDWATERS brings together a collection of artworks made by a group of outsider individuals living and working in Malta. The exhibition unearths unique aesthetic logics as well as stories of pain, hope, survival and strength. It includes ex-voto paintings, West African Bocio fetish dolls and other objects which have their roots in religion, magic and ritual. The common theme across the work on show is that its creation stems from a deeply felt need which is transformative in intent. The work in this exhibition bypasses the circuits of conventional creativity and plunges straight into the groundwaters of our collective subconscious – it is therefore indicative of our hidden structures.
To place outsider, naïve, unselfconscious and brut art into a white cube space is to challenge and disturb the art-world mechanism of sanctioning the right to create truth. The exhibition is the first in Malta to explore outsider perspectives and takes its name from Charles Russell’s 2011 publication. GROUNDWATERS seeks to extend Russell’s research into new contexts.

This project is funded by the Malta Arts Council Project Support Scheme.

Entrance is free
Subject to Covid-19 measures
VALLETTA CONTEMPORARY
15, 16, 17, Triq Lvant (East Street), Valletta, VLT1253, Malta
www.vallettacontemporary.com
info@vallettacontemporary.com

Details

Start:
October 5 @ 2:00 pm
End:
November 17 @ 7:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
http://www.vallettacontemporary.com

Venue

8084
15, 16, 17, Triq Lvant (East Street)
Valletta, VLT1253
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Phone:
21241667
Website:
www.vallettacontemporary.com

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8085
Phone:
21241667
Email:
info@vallettacontemporary.com
Website:
www.vallettacontemporary.com

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