Rima’s upcoming exhibition, to be [defined], which is taking place between the 5th October and 4th November at the Main Staircase and Space C in Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, 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.
Rima is 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. Every project is made in collaboration with artists, scholars, and people who experienced migration and exile.
The exhibition takes into account the representations and definitions of the persons that are referred to as ‘migrants’, and how the migrant as the object is constructed by different discourses. Furthermore, it also explores how this construction is affecting the lives and imagination of the ‘migrants’. Resistance is also taken into account – namely how these individuals manage to reclaim their identity through different forms of struggle – both private and public; all revolutionary.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a rich programme of events:
Vernissage with the participation of the artists Moira Agius, Mario Badagliacca, Glen Calleja, Katel Delia, Emmanuel Guillaud, Alberto Favaro, Malik Nejmi, Aurélie Percevault, Guy Woueté.
Studio A, 6pm – Dominer l’anonymat (Taming Anonymity) a talk by Guy Woueté
Space C, 8pm onwards – A guided tour of the exhibition with the artists and the curators.
Marsapolis (2017, Malta, 10 mins), the short film that came out from the Rima Film grant! Introduced by the director Emmanuel Tut-Rah Farah. A small debate with the crew and the director will follow.
Un gout sucre-salé (2018, Malta, 5 mins), introduced by Katel Delia who also wrote the short story which inspired the script and by the crew.
The evening will end with two short films produced in the frame of the Mahalla workshop that took place in Malta this year:
Hosana in Malta by Pawlos Yowhans
Map of the Mediterranean by Heidi de Carlo
A walnut tree (2015, Documentary, Netherlands, 92 mins), by Ammar Aziz introduced by UNHCHR that sponsored it.
The order of the things (2017, Drama, France, Italy, Tunisia, 115 mins), by Andrea Segre, introduced by Dagmawi Yimer
14th October (European Art Cinema Day)
Tout le monde aime le bord de la mer (2016, Netherlands, 18 mins), by Keina Espinera
Summertime (2007, Italy, 15 mins), by Marcella Vanzo, introduced by the director.
A dysfunctional cat (2018, Drama, Germany, 93 mins), by Susan Gordanshekan
Studio Solipsis, Rabat: 7pm
“Rethinking borders. Africa in Rome” with the anthropologists Giulia Casentini and Giulia Riva.
Spazju Kreattiv: 6pm
Studio B, Narrating exile: history and memory in displacement with the anthropologists Marie-Caroline Saglio, Alessandro Triulzi and David Zammit.
Spazju Kreattiv, Space C: 7.30pm
Finissage and launch of the artbook to be [defined]
Curated by Virginia Monteforte (anthropologist) in collaboration with Kristina Borg (artist and exhibition designer), Alexandra Galitzine-Loumpet (anthropologist and cultural advisor) and Sarah Mallia.
Participating artists and poets: Moira Agius (Malta), Mario Badagliacca (Italy), Gilbert Calleja (Malta), Glen Calleja (Malta), Katel Delia (France/Malta), Mirna Danijan (Turkey), Emmanuel Guillaud (France), Alberto Favaro (Italy/Malta), André Désiré Loutsono (Republic of Congo), Immanuel Mifsud (Malta), Nadja Mifsud (Malta), M. and Rubina Mohamed (Libya), Malik Nejmi (Morocco/France), Aurélie Percevault (France), Guy Woueté (Republic of Cameroon/Belgium), Hassan Yassin (Sudan).
This event forms part of the Valletta 2018 cultural programme, organised in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv, and supported by the French Embassy, UNHCR, Vodafone Foundation, iCentre and Heritage Malta.
For more information about RIMA, visit http://www.rimaproject.org/
For more details regarding [to be defined], visit http://www.rimaproject.org/28/42/to-be-defined-
Valletta 2018 Premium Partners: General Soft Drinks Co. Ltd., Coca Cola, Bavaria and Bank of Valletta