Debatable Land(s)

Debatable Land(s)

Casa Stivala, Kalkara
22 October – 24 October 2021

Creators: Grammar of Urgencies (Maren Richter & Klaus Schafler), Greta Muscat Azzopardi, and Unfinished Art Space (Margerita Pulè)

Supported by: Arts Council Malta – Project Support Fund & Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

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Debatable Land(s) is the latest chapter of the long-term, research-based art project Fleeting Territories, resulting from the project Mapping Malta I- II, which took place in 2018.

In the connection of the two actually opposing terms “fleeting” and “territory”, the Fleeting Territories project series see spatial coordinates not simply as stable or fixed values, but rather as aiding in the identification and negotiation of [in]visible mechanisms, which in turn organise and shape cities, land[scapes], human and more-than-human interconnections. Rights, laws, politics, and economies, as well as emotions play a central role in the appropriation of territories.

By forming temporary collectives and performative forums, Fleeting Territories ask questions such as which materialities and regimes of spatial concepts can be identified, and which artistic tools can be employed to measure and experience them.

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The final Debtable Land(s) presentation took the form of a 3-day-long visual-performative-exhibition-festival, and was the culmination of the project’s 12 months of research and conversations, exploring how territories, lands and spaces are formed, and what conflicting interests influence these delineations.

Magna Żmien’s archive was explored by the exhibition creators and images selected to take the form of slides and a slide projection. Images were chosen from the collections of Emanuel Borg, Philip Pisani, Eleanor Mifsud, Joe Fsadni, Joe Mizzi, Guido Stilon, Vivianne Warrington, Kristina Pandolfino, and Jo Woodall.

Exhibition Contributors: Mohamed Ali ‘Dali’ Agrebi & Chakib Zidi | Maria Attard | Fatima Amn | Keit Bonnici | Kristina Borg obo Batman Gżirjan | Johannes Buch | Josephine Burden | Florinda Camilleri | Tina Camilleri | Simone Cutajar | REA (Rachelle Deguara) | Charlene Galea | Justin Galea | Adrian Grima | Helen Horgan | Magna Żmien | Tom van Malderen & Charlie Cauchi | Caldon Mercieca | Greta Muscat Azzopardi | Niels Plotard | Margerita Pulè | Maren Richter | Klaus Schafler | Raphael Vella

Exhibition photography: Elisa Von Brockdorff