ARTZ ID reaches out to the brains behind The Gabriel Caruana Foundation, Raffaella Zammit and Elyse Tonna, to learn more about their latest project; The Many Faces of the Mill. These two young ladies have been working hard all year long through a number of projects with the aim to reach the community and keep the legacy of Gabriel Caruana and The Mill itself, alive through the Foundation. Here’s what they shared with us.
Illustrations created for Many Faces of The Mill collection. All rights reserved to Gabriel Caruana Foundation.
What was the main inspiration behind The Many Faces of the Mill?
Many of our ideas really start off as a discussion about an issue that we’d like to address or contribute towards solving. There are certain underlying principles we have at heart that seep through anything we delve into.
The Many Faces of The Mill started off during one of the many video calls between Elyse Tonna and myself (Raffaella Zammit) last March, as we were discussing, of course, the pandemic, lockdown and a myriad of cancellations. Before it broke out we had been preparing to celebrate the 30 years since Gabriel Caruana and Mary Rose Caruana opened The Mill and had just launched Charlene Galea’s solo exhibition, Privat: the Natural body as Fiction.
So from a list of wants we created an opportunity to support creatives, new collaborations and opened up our celebration of The Mill in an unexpected manner. We then started thinking of the hows and whats!
What were the key factors you followed to select the lucky winners? And tell us more about them.
Do you see it as a start towards creating new types of collaborations with the community?
The Mill is a well- known landmark which carries the legacy of the late Gabriel Caruana, an icon to the contemporary artistic community. How important is it and why to keep this legacy alive and active for future generations?
Make sure to grab one of these limited edition prints, proceeds will go directly to artists and to support the foundation.