The Department of Public Policy within the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy at the University of Malta is collaborating with Campus FM to produce its fourth, brand-new radio programme series, this time investigating the relationship between politics and the visual arts.
This series of programmes, entitled ‘Il-Politika fl-Arti Viżiva’, discusses political implications in works of arts and architecture from Malta and around the world. The main objective of this radio series is to analyse how various forms of visual arts across space and time have interpreted and reacted to contemporary political leaders, ideologies and policies. There have been numerous instances when artists were commissioned by the power elites to create works of art to elevate state or ecclesiastical supremacy, whereas others have used their artistic abilities to disseminate a protest sentiment against abuse and corruption. Among other themes, this series puts under scrutiny the political and cultural innuendos in classical, medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary art, as well as military and funerary architecture, murals, caricature and philately.
This 17-programme radio series is researched and presented by Dr Mario Thomas Vassallo and Mr Andrè Paul Debattista, with the participation of several academics from the Department of Public Policy and other Faculties and Institutes at the University of Malta.
‘Il-Politika fl-Arti Viżiva’ will be aired on Campus FM 103.7 FM every Monday at 10:00 and repeated on Wednesdays at 20:00 and Saturdays at noon between February and May 2017. Programmes are conducted in Maltese with a duration of 58 minutes each.