Strangers in a Strange Land – a Feminist Programme of Events

Unfinished Art Space presents its biggest project-exhibition to date – Strangers in a Strange Land, a feminist programme of events and the first temporary exhibition to be hosted by MUŻA, Malta’s National Community Art Museum.

Strangers in a Strange Land forms part of Spazju Kreattiv’s Art+Feminism 2020 Project, in collaboration with Wikimedia Community Malta, M3P Foundation and the Gabriel Caruana Foundation, which includes a series of curated exhibitions across three sites presenting new works by both established and emerging women artists.

Strangers in a Strange Land – curated by Margerita Pulè – is a multidisciplinary exhibition about being female in a world narrated by and designed for men. Artists Barumbara Collective, Etienne Farrell with Charlene Gálea, Roxman Gatt, and Letta Shtohryn show work reacting to their experiences of negotiating their lives in a male-oriented world.

The programme will start with a movement workshop for women by Barumbara Collective member Francesca Saraullo on 12 February. The Barumbara Collective themselves will perform a new immersive work at MUŻA on 14, 15, 16 February; Imagined More Than Woman will test the boundaries which our identities place on us, and will redefine the contours of a cultural space through a female gaze. Roxman Gatt will perform her work My Womxn is a God My God is a Womxn on 28, 29 February – her sculptures and paintings will also be on show throughout the exhibition.

A collaboration between Etienne Farrell and Charlene Gálea will bear fruit with JIEN – a series of portraits of Charlene herself exploring authorities and insincerities as well as human vulnerabilities. Media artist and researcher Letta Shtohryn has also been commissioned to create a new work; #tb2020. an Altar to Algorithmic Bias is based on her research into the ingrained biases which is present in existing algorithms.

Alongside the exhibition and performances, Wiki Community Malta will hold a Wikipedia Workshops and Edit-a-thons on 6 and 7 March. A conversation with artists Etienne Farrell, Charlene Galea, and Letta Shtohryn about their work will take place on 21 February, while the curator will speak about the exhibition on 23 February and 8 March.

The project is supported by Arts Council Malta’s Malta Arts Fund – Project Support Grant, as well as Express Trailers and Soroptimist International Malta.

Strangers in a Strange Land takes place from 14 February – 8 March at MUŻA, Auberge d’Italie, Merchant St, Valletta. More info and event tickets here 

Art+Feminism exhibitions include Art+Feminism at Spazju Kreattiv from 7 February to 5 April, Jean Zaleski Centenary Celebration from 5 March to 10 May, and Privat: The Natural Body as Fiction, at The Mill, Birkirkara from 8 to 25 March.

Paula Fleri-Soler

Paula has a pedigree in TV and stage production (children's and family entertainment) and a passion for the arts. She's taken the reins on The Artists' Directory - Malta and the relevant content for the site.

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