ABOUT ORDER, Religion and Ritual, Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, Malta, 2020, Photo: Sabine Linse
Anette Kuhn, „Transformation, die sich im Wasser vollzogen hat, in das man eintauchen muss, bevor man auftauchen kann.“, 2008-2010, Drawing with graphite on foam rubber. The work “Transformation that took place in water, into which one has to immerse himself before one can emerge” develops the foam rubber drawings further by inserting a strange “mask” as the central subject. The title refers to possible transformations in and through water. Sports photographs are an important part of the artistic image archive that she has been working on for years. The photographic snapshot of high divers dipping into the water reflects moments of transcendence and dissolution of individuality.
Héctor Velázquez Gutiérrez, TOUMANI TOPOGRÁFICO, 2010, Polyester resin and cotton yarn. With TOUMANI TOPOGRÁFICO, Hector Velazquez addresses the relationship between people and the world in which they live. He sees the earth as a body, its surface as skin, which we overwrite with our stories. The red threads on a black background look like fragmented contour lines on a topographical map of an unknown country. A path to survival seems to be reconstructable just by working out human-emotional lines of relationship.
Sandra Contreras, Time Traveller, 2020, Linen fabric. Sandra Contrera's embroidered curtain “Time Traveller” creates a fleetingly sketched connection between microcosm and macrocosm. The order structures of the stars with their interplay between light and darkness inspired this installation. The title refers to wandering through often incomprehensible time phases. The impenetrable curtain that closes to the audience, opens up to the viewer's imagination. This meditation was created in the past months of 2020 and is shown for the first time in Malta.
On the right wall:
Sabine Linse, Mujeres 2014, 7 Photographs. The photo series “Mujeres” (“Women”) by Sabine Linse is, like the “Moosmadonna” and “The Human appears in Holocene”, a reference to the Cranach painter workshop (1472-1586) in Wittenberg (Germany). Individual, mythological figures are shown against a black background and on a small hill. In her artistic work, causal and chronological relationships alternate with symbolic moments that want to be examined in detail. The “Potato Women” belong in the context of rituals and experiments with perishable materials.
Behind the stage:
Maria Tello, Matematico, Poeta, Musico, 2017, Threads needles and polystyrene. María Tello Gutiérrez explores phenomena of vulnerability and healing in her artistic research. The objects she creates, such as the eye, the stomach, the skull, the skin, act like experimental objects on which she tries out healing methods. Art, magic and ritual come very close to one another. Synapses and arise, but also transpositions between mathematics, music and poetry. The artful connection of the fine threads seems to contain forgotten healing powers and secrets that she wants to rediscover.