Six of the best at an exhibition showcasing Maltese contemporary arts

A collective, multimedia exhibition showcasing the work of six established and six up-and-coming contemporary Maltese visual artists is closes at Lily Agius Gallery in Sliema tomorrow.

The exhibition, titled 6:6, is a cross-section of Maltese contemporary art.

Although there is no theme or subject binding the artists’ work together, it is perhaps indicative and a reflection of the nature of contemporary art – an ever-changing all-embracing period that is characterised and defined through social comment as it is by context.

In fact, contemporary art describes a period which is characterised by continuity rather than containment. “All that defines contemporary art is its constant state of flux, its organic nature – a series of trends, styles and concerns loosely binding it all together.

“Artistic expression can take on any form or format. It is presented in any medium or material (or combination of), which is why and where the terms multimedia, crossmedia and transmedia art best describes the practice of most visual artists.”The participating visual artists are: Norbert Francis Attard; John Paul Azzopardi; Ruth Bianco; Emanuel Bonnici; Austin Camilleri; Mariam de Giorgio; George Eynaud; Anton Grech; Pierre Portelli; Ritty Tacsum; Raphael Vella and Elisa Von Brockdorff.

The works on show are as diverse as the artists themselves. Mediums explored include photography, works on paper and in mixed media, painting and sculpture. Some of the artists have chosen playful, tongue-in-cheek themes while others reflect on heavier, existentialist issues. Neverthless, colour or, in some cases, the lack of it, plays an important role and guides viewers around the compartmentalised space.

• Lily Agius Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. tomorrow.

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