It’s been a very busy year for Te fit-Tazza. The Maltese design duo have lead the national charge into beautiful, minimalist illustrations, and at the heart of it all are some of the most iconic and nostalgic sights around Malta. Now, for their latest edition, they’ve gone a bit bigger than usual.
“Since launching our very first prints in August 2016, we’ve been dreaming of creating our very own space,” the duo told Lovin Malta. And that’s exactly what they’ve managed to do, thanks to a four-week-long exhibition spanning across the holidays.
The three-room exhibition at the abandoned (but glorious) Splendid Hotel in Valletta features all the original illustrations which catapulted Te fit-Tazza into national fame, also including the widely popular Club Series. The third and final room of the exhibition, however, is devoted to Series 2, the duo’s latest offering.
Here are the nine illustrations featured in Te fit-Tazza’s Series 2. Brace yourselves; we’re going on a feels trip.
1. The Azure Window
2. The Mosta Rotunda
The childhood awe on all our faces when we first heard the story of the unexploded bomb that fell through the roof.
3. It-Toqba tal-Birgu
It looks as awesome as it sounds, and it even made it to a film or two.
4. Il-Pompa tal-Petrol
What we love about this is how different people end up projecting different locations all around Malta. Which petrol station comes to your mind?
5. Ta’ Ġurdan Lighthouse
Anyone who’s ever been to Gozo will instantly recognise this one. For a lot of people, it was also the first time they’d ever seen a lighthouse in their lives. The legends are true; they do exist on the Maltese Islands after all!
6. Manoel Island
Whether it’s while driving past the Gżira seafront or attempting to breach the reportedly haunted island, this sight is a treasured one for many Maltese people.
7. The Rialto
The old Bormla cinema might have closed its doors in 1988, but many Maltese people still hold it very close to their hearts. If you’re looking for local nostalgia with very strong retro feels, this is definitely a winner.
8. St. Peter’s Pool
More recently made famous thanks to Titti the Jumping Dog, St. Peter’s Pool has always been one of the top swimming spots to check out if you’re visiting Malta. Or if you’re rediscovering your own country, really.
9. Il-Villa ta’ Birkirkara
You know exactly which one this is. Everyone does. A truly left-field work of retro architecture right next to Smart Supermarket, every Maltese person has contemplated on the residents of this wonderfully weird villa at least once in their lifetime.
All the above prints are available for sale on the online shop
“For our second series, we opted to adjust the viewpoint and highlight the play between the subjects and their surroundings,” Te fit-Tazza‘s Andrew Farrugia told Lovin Malta. “We felt the need to showcase our own interpretation for this series as we changed lens whilst interacting in our own space.”
“We collected memories set in totally different scenes, capturing their raw, untold beauty, bringing them to the viewer’s attention,” Andrew said. “Especially since they might at times be taken for granted.”
The Te fit-Tazza exhibition is open every day until the 6th of January. The creators, Andrew Farrugia and Craig Macdonald, will be welcoming visitors into their space for absolutely no charges, and the three rooms are open until 9pm.