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Collection Of Work Dealing With Human ‘Polymorphism’ Hitting Floriana In August

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A collection of artworks dealing with the exploration of human polymorphism is hitting the Phonecia hotel gallery for the month of August.

The body of work, produced by Claire Farrugia and curated by Charlene Vella, deals with questions such as ‘which version of what we see is real?’ and ‘can there be different versions of reality?’

Dividing her time between her art and her pharmacy profession, her artistic work focuses very much on the figurative.

Through her art, she seeks to understand truth and reality in relation to images, particularly images that are available online and on social media. Her work seeks to manifest how social media images may be a form of post-truth in their complete disregard for truth and reality.

She deals with these themes by using the human figure as the subject and works primarily with painting as a medium but has also created installations.

The paintings being exhibited here deal with this ‘human polymorphism’, particularly with regard to appearances. The same subjects are being presented differently, one in a natural stance and one with a filter using a mobile app.

In many of these works, there is an intentional economy in the portrayal of the portrait and expression.

This theme is being adapted to the self, to the behaviour that is exhibited online, where online users change their appearance and behaviour depending on the environment they are in, and this to garner more attention, popularity, and ‘likes’.

Another section of the exhibition is reserved for Farrugia’s own self-portraits. Several male and female artists have in the history of art explored their own image for a variety of reasons, which, before the advent of photography, was the only way to record your likeness for posterity and to show another side of yourself, in women’s case, often for reasons of self-promotion.

Polymorphs is an exhibition consisting of works on paper, panel and canvas in which the audience is invited to partake in this discussion. It will be open at the Palm Court Lounge, The Phoenicia Malta, throughout the month of August.

Claire Farrugia’s work seeks to understand as well as to deal with truth and reality in relation to images, particularly images available online and on social media.

Her work seeks to manifest how social media images may be a form of post-truth in their complete disregard for truth and reality.

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When Sasha (formerly known as Sasha Tas-Sigar) is not busy writing about environmental injustice, she's probably fighting for women's rights. Follow her at @saaxhaa on Instagram, and send her anything related to the environment, art, and women's rights at [email protected]

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