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02 May 2019

From Prehistoric to Contemporary Narratives: Launch of ħaġarna

From Prehistoric to Contemporary Narratives: Launch of ħaġarna<br />Click to zoom

 Victor Agius will be launching ħaġarna: a public art initiative involving sculpture and performances by the contemporary artist and local communities of Xagħra, Gozo. Agius will be collaborating with author Dr Immanuel Mifsud, Ghaqda Kumittiva Ghawdex, Xaghra Historical Reenactments Organisation, and Xaghra Youth Centre. Various performances will be held at the several prehistoric sites and temples located in Xagħra namely Ġgantija Temples, Xagħra Stone Circle, Santa Verna Temple and Għar ta' Għejżu. The sculpture encapsulates the various narratives related to the community of Xagħra: a tangible monument combining natural geological and physical displacements with man-made interventions whereby phrases from the poems 'Ġgantija II' by Dr Immanuel Mifsud and ‘L-Għanja tal-Inkurunazzjoni’ by the late Xagħra artist and poet Mgr Michelangelo Apap will be engraved on each of the boulders. The boulders will be permanently placed in the public gardens overlooking 8th September Avenue, the main road of Xagħra. The performances by the various cultural and folkloristic groups practicing within the locality and by the artist himself will serve as a manifestation combining various art forms and while quoting various significant eras in the life of this village merging various layers of meaning and rituals around the concepts of time, space, nature, death, life and regeneration. Agius will also intervene directly with the sculpture using natural red oxide clay - terrarossa, a material synonymous with his practice and with the prehistory of Xagħra. Acting as a reference point to time and place, the sculpture physically and figuratively embodies references to various aspects of Xagħra’s tangible and intangible heritage. It will act as a converging point for multiple performances fusing multidisciplinary and ephemeral interventions by the artist together with the villagers while bridging the native, the folkoristic and the traditional with the contemporary. The launch on the evening of the 11th of May will reflect how these rituals have been adapted to contemporary practice culminating in one total artwork that completes the public art sculpture - ħaġarna. The project was presented in 2015 during a National Call - Art in Public Spaces which was launched by the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, in collaboration with the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, Arts Council Malta, MUŻA (Heritage Malta), the Ministry for Gozo and Xagħra Local Council.


Event Type: Arts/Culture
Location: Xaghra
, Gozo
Start Date: 11 May 2019
End Date: 11 May 2019
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2731700010189887/

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Venue: Xaghra






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