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A collaboration between the MCAST Institute for the Creative Arts and Infrastructure Malta has enabled the establishment of an open-air gallery on the ring road of Marsa-Ħamrun to serve as an exhibition space for the students of the institute.
Currently on display is a series of photos named Il-Ħolma t’Alla, the work of photography student Nathan Camilleri. Inspired by the eponymous poem by Anton Buttigieg, Il-Ħolma t’Alla seeks to invite viewers to appreciate and respect the planet as a divine work of art. The series takes viewers on a visual journey of the poem’s narrative.
“This project brought together and documented the human element, nature and art in the same way they are often linked in life. The photos expose our local environment as a tool to build a dialogue between literature, artistic interpretation and the viewer. Congenital artistic creation is reflected in our local landscape, which is an integral part of a collective effort to protect our land, which is here represented by the image of a young girl, ”said Camilleri.
The gallery was planned and directed by MCAST speakers Carmen Aquilina, Pierre Mifsud and Darren Tanti, who used the collaboration to study public and community art as an educational tool. They have compiled an educational toolkit to guide educators and others involved in similar projects, which can be obtained by contacting the institute at 2398 7753.