to be [defined] aims at articulating two main concepts about displacement, migration and exile: definition and construction on one side and de-construction and resistance on the other one.

Starting from the many representations and definitions of the persons that we call “migrants”, the exhibition investigates the means, rhetorics, rituals, discourses, limits and banalities, the institutions, the imaginary and the relations that construct the object “migrant” and the extent to which this construction is affecting the lives and the imagination of the same subjects. On the other hand, it will also take into account the resistance of the subjects, namely how each person manages to reclaim their subjectivity and their identity as individuals beyond the label they are given of migrants. This act of reclaiming can occur across different lines of struggle, both intimate and public, but all militant, all revolutionary, all related.

The exhibition will be taking place between the 5th October- 4th November 2018 at Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta.

Curated by Virginia Monteforte (anthropologist) in collaboration with Kristina Borg (artist and exhibition designer), Alexandra Galitzine-Loumpet (anthropologist and cultural advisor) and Sarah Mallia (tailors’ section).

to be [defined] forms part of the RIMA project, an anthropological and artistic project born in 2014 aiming at exploring, rethinking and reshaping the multifaceted aspects of displacement, through a series of creative and multidisciplinary initiatives.

The exhibition is also supported by the French Embassy, Vodafone Foundation, iCentre, UNHCR and Heritage Malta.

Participating artists and poets: Moira Agius, Mario Badagliacca, Gilbert Calleja, Glen Calleja, Katel Delia, Mirna Danijan, Emmanuel Guillaud, Alberto Favaro, André Désiré Loutsono, Immanuel Mifsud, Nadja Mifsud, M. and Rubina Mohamed, Malik Nejmi,  Aurélie Percevault, Guy Woueté, Hassan Yassin.