Azure Watch Exhibition at Dwejra Tower in Gozo

Fondazzjoni Kreattività is happy to welcome you to current Artist-in-Residence Giuseppe Fanizza’s exhibition Azure Watch. The exhibition will be hosted by Din l-Art Helwa at Dwejra Tower during the month of October and will include audio recordings, films, photographs and exhibits. The exhibition will open this Saturday 30th September 2017 at 11am.

Fanizza has spent this September at the Artists’ Residency in Għarb – which is managed by Spazju Kreattiv and Valletta 2018 – working on the Azure Watch project. He was assisted in his research by volunteers Mary Attard, Johannes Buch and Andrew Pace, who have also worked on the exhibition at Dwejra Tower.

Azure Watch was conceived in order to begin a collective, multimedia archive of the Azure Window and the surrounding landscape that will remain available for consultation and the possible future implementation by the Gozitan community.

The Azure Window limestone arch was one of Gozo’s most famous landmarks, but it dramatically collapsed into the sea after a heavy storm early this year, attracting intense media coverage from across the world. The imagery of the Azure Window now remaining online shows a standardized iconography that could become the only future memory of the Gozo landmark. In order to avoid such homologation and loss of identity, a common action is taking place through Azure Watch. The collapse of the world famous Azure Window has had important consequences for the iconography and the topographic memory of Gozo landscape; Azure Watch is documenting this change in identity.

The team of dedicated volunteers, the Azure Watch Group, has been working closely with Fanizza to research, collate and digitise the Window’s iconography, while a large number of community members have contributed material to the project.

The exhibition will be launched on Saturday 30th September at 11.00am at Dwejra Tower and will then be open on weekdays from 9am to 3pm and weekends from 10.30 to 3pm until Sunday 29th October 2017. Dwejra Tower is a seventeenth century coastal Watchtower, which was restored and is now managed by Din L-Art Ħelwa, Malta’s National Trust.

Azure Watch is still seeking contributions; anyone who wishes to submit imagery or make contact can email [email protected], see the project’s facebook page facebook/azurewatch, or bring material to the exhibition opening itself.

This project is part of the Artists’ Residency Programme in Gozo run by Spazju Kreattiv and the Valletta 2018 Foundation. The exhibition is taking place with the kind support of Din l-Art Ħelwa.

For further information or material please contact: Margerita Pulè on +356 99431420 or [email protected]

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