The 2023 edition of the APS Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale, under the artistic direction of Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci, aims to transform the Mdina Cathedral Museum into a space for contemporary dialogue on the Mediterranean region, weaving mythology, politics, and identity together through international artistic projects.
This year’s theme – Mediterranean Goddesses – deals with notions of spirituality and fertility, and how harkening back to divinity can provide a strong aesthetic reply to the political and climactic issues of our age.
“The format presents an evolution on previous editions of the APS Mdina Biennale that explored notions of the Mediterranean as expressed through art and artistic dialogues with our ongoing environmental crisis,” curator Nikki Petroni told Lovin Malta.
Contemporary artists from across the world will be displaying works that engage with this theme, positing their own aesthetic reply to the perpetual relevance of the Mediterranean and her Goddesses.
This is the fourth edition of the unique cultural event.
“Artists from all over the globe intermingle and engage with the Maltese scene in a cooperative manner. International and Maltese scholars enrich the process with their wonderful and profound scholarly input, culminating in publications and conferences,” Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci, artistic director, said.
“Participants have hailed from China, France, Italy, UK, USA, Russia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Australia, Poland, Egypt, Chile, Ukraine, Greece, Romania, Spain, Hong Kong, South Korea, Bulgaria, Iraq, North Macedonia, Hungary, Czechia, Israel, Morocco, Serbia, Lebanon, Latvia, Georgia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Japan, Norway, Ireland, Denmark, Türkiye, Croatia, The Netherlands.”
The exhibition will be launched on 13th November at 7.30pm.
The exhibition will be open to the public from 14th November until 15th December 2023.
An international conference focusing on Mediterranean modern art will be held on November 28th at the Mdina Cathedral Museum, offering an opportunity for academics, researchers, and artists to engage with the art historical and theoretical issues surrounding the theme.
For the 2023 edition, the APS Mdina Biennale is collaborating with the ‘Changing Gear’ research project.
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