PRESS RELEASE BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR THE EU PRESIDENCY 2017 AND EU FUNDS – Official Presentation of Exhibition Catalogue to the Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency 2017 and EU Funds

As part of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union cultural programme, the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels is hosting a three-month exhibition, Malta: Land of Sea, which officially started on 16th February 2017 and is set to remain open until 28th May of this year.

Malta: Land of Sea is a participatory journey through Malta’s long history with the sea that surrounds it. The exhibition deconstructs our linear view of history, and reconstructs it; displacing and re-placing artefacts within very carefully selected spaces to bring to the fore the symbiotic relationship between the historic and the contemporary – past, present and future. The exhibition presents a blend of traditional exhibits, including a miniature statuette of Juno – the goddess of fertility and one of the several attributes of Maltese prehistoric times – and other more interactive pieces, for instance Pietru Caxaro’s Il-Kantilena with audio narration upon interaction. Colour and light are utilised to their maximum potential in order to bring to life the artefacts on exhibit.

“Malta: Land of Sea has had a tremendous impact on both Maltese and international visitors. The response has been remarkably positive, and this only serves to promote our country and its rich heritage. Malta: Land of Sea is a testament to all that makes us Maltese; an identity of which we are very proud,” Dr. Borg commented.

Mr Sandro Debono from Heritage Malta, who is the curator for the exhibition, presented a copy of the exhibition catalogue to the Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency 2017 and EU Funds, Dr. Ian Borg. The official Book Launch will take place next Thursday 23rd March at 1900hrs at the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta.

Source: Government of Malta