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Underground Valletta and Friesland explored in audiovisual exhibition

Spazju Kreattiv is hosting Leanne Wijnsma’s audiovisual exhibition Subterranean Matter this week.

The project – which involved the 3D scanning of the forgotten or once inaccessible underground spaces – has forged new connections with the Dutch province of Friesland. Through digitisation, these tunnels can now be accessed by the public and one can crawl through the 15th-century cisterns beneath Valletta’s Law Courts and the tunnel from Tytsjerk, as well as a solitary confinement cell in the Blokhuispoort, in Friesland.

Alongside the exhibition, Wijnsma has produced Children of the Underground, a short film documenting Valletta’s underground tunnel network dug by hand during World War II.

Wijnsma has spoken to the last remaining survivors who excavated kilometres of tunnels alongside their families and children. In the film, they share their trauma and wonders of life in the hollows of the earth and what it meant to be reborn from the womb of the underground.

Subterranean Matter runs until September 23 at Spot A, St James Cavalier, Valletta. Entrance is free. For more information, visit www.kreattivita.org.

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