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Title: APS Mdina Cathedral contemporary art biennale 2017-18 : the Mediterranean : a sea of conflicting spiritualities
Authors: Schembri Bonaci, Giuseppe
Petroni, Nikki
Keywords: Religious art -- Malta -- Exhibitions
Art -- Exhibitions
Art -- Research
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Horizons
Citation: Schembri Bonaci, G., & Petroni, N. (Eds.). (2017). APS Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale 2017-18: The Mediterranean: A Sea of Conflicting Spiritualities. Malta: Horizons.
Abstract: I am very happy that, after the unprecedented success of the 2015-16 Mdina Biennale, I was kindly asked by the Mdina Metropolitan Chapter and the Mdina Cathedral Museum Commission to take on the challenge of directing the APS Mdina Biennale in 2017. The philosophy behind the APS Mdina Biennale under my artistic direction includes the idea that a biennale must be a hub of ideas, challenges, exchange, collectivity, and innovation that has to evolve with the active participation of all involved as well as the audience. We are trying our very best to confront the mercantile-consumerist-commercial agenda that has engulfed the role of biennales all over the world. Another important and integral part of this very same philosophy is that in times of ‘post-truth’, meaning the insincere, of ‘the ugly’, of the ‘futility’ of aesthetics, in times when art has become fashion and money, consumed in a global context of aggressive wars, human and environmental displacement, famine, and poverty, the Mdina Biennale lays emphasis on the vital concept of spirituality in whatever form. Two years ago, contemporary approaches to faith and non-faith, spirituality and its absence were debated with the theme ‘Christianity, Spirituality and the Other’. In 2017, all artists have had to tackle a very relevant and loaded topic; ‘The Mediterranean: A Sea of Conflicting Spiritualities’. The Mediterranean region encompasses various cultures and religions. From the interaction between East and West has emerged a history of conflicts and struggles that are represented by the powerful visual cultures of each diverse community. The contemporary political scenario emphasises the need for the arts to respond to an era of crisis and destruction. Being at the centre of the Mediterranean, Malta is a significant place for such an artistic dialogue to be exposed and challenged. Furthermore, the city of Mdina was home to multiple faiths and artistic cultures Artists from Malta, Italy, Lebanon, Israel, France, Germany, UK, USA, Russia, Jordan, Poland, Austria, Serbia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Greece, and Australia will meet, exhibit, discuss and will actively contribute to the Mdina Biennale’s evolution into a regular space for free creativity and idea-exchange in the midst of a sea of contemporary turmoil. The APS Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale tasks to give life to the contemporary within a space that retains a strong and vivid past. [Foreword by Prof. Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci].
ISBN: 9789995775124
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