Homo Melitensis — An Incomplete Inventory in 19 Chapters
Co-curated by Raphael Vella and Bettina Hutschek, Homo Melitensis: An Incomplete Inventory in 19 Chapters is the title of the Malta Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017.
Commissioned by Arts Council Malta, the exhibition explores the notion of national identity in the form of a complex installation that brings contemporary artworks, objects, and documents together in a nonhierarchical, achronological setup.
‘Homo Melitensis’ – ‘Maltese Man’ – is an associative and often humorous investigation of Maltese identity and national imaginaries. Issues like territory, memory, religion and language find artistic re-imagining in the 19 chapters of the exhibition. The ‘inventory’ suggests a taxonomy that organizes life in custom-made arrangements, creating a seemingly decipherable order out of the exhausting chaos of reality. Homo Melitensis witnesses the transition from nation-state to an atomized, impenetrable existence, and is perplexed.
Arts Council Malta – http://artscouncilmalta.org/
Maltese Presidency of the EU – https://www.eu2017.mt/
Valletta 2018 – http://valletta2018.org/
Ministry of Justice, Culture and Local Government – https://mjcl.gov.mt/
La Biennale di Venezia – http://www.labiennale.org/
Venues, dates and opening times
Venice, Giardini and Arsenale. May 13th > November 26th, 2017
Opening times: 10 am – 6 pm
Opening times: 10 am – 8 pm Arsenale venue only on Fridays and Saturdays until September 30th
Closed on Mondays (except on May 15th, August 14th, Sept. 4th, Oct. 30th and Nov. 20th)