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Terrain vague – video - photography - painting

Malta Independent Sunday, 24 April 2011, 00:00 Last update: about 7 years ago

St. James Cavalier in collaboration with Heritage Malta is pleased to present terrain vague, an exhibition of recent video, photography and paintings by Vince Briffa. The exhibition, co-curated by the artist and Sandro Debono, Senior Curator of the National Museum of Fine Arts, presents a dialogue by the artist, known for his transmedia, conceptual work, with select works from the National Collection.

The exhibition brings together for the first time three bodies of work by Vince Briffa based on the theme of the uncertainty of all that is human. It explores ambivalent spaces located at the centre of ambiguity, and addresses the disquiet boundaries between a happening and its memory, where neither the action nor its intention is clear and where memory is left with no nurturing material referent. Likewise, the select works from the National Collection interact to suggest thematic affinities with the vagueness of Briffa’s works representing, perhaps, a constant continuum which takes on added meanings through time.

Briffa’s work has been shown extensively in museums and galleries both locally and internationally including the 1999 Venice Biennale, the Villa Manin Museum of Contemporary Art, Passariano, and the Casoria Museum of Contemporary Art in Naples, Italy; the Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art in Israel; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Nicosia, Cyprus; the Museum of Modern Art, Vaduz, Liechtenstein and the MAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Santa Fe, Argentina amongst others. Vince Briffa is also the Head of Department of Digital Arts at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences of the University of Malta.

This project explores collaborative curatorship with artist and curator proposing dialogues between works from different settings and time. Each interacts with the other to create a coherent visual experience.

The exhibition is open until 22 May at the Upper Galleries, St. James Cavalier, Castille Place, Valletta.

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