Spazju Kreattiv invites creatives from all fields for an immersive and community-based artist-in-residence programme with a duration of between two to four weeks.
These residencies are based in the context of a growing cultural creative scene in Malta in line with Spazju Kreattiv’s aim of being a catalyst for contemporary art in Malta and allowing for international collaboration.
Our residency programme aims to enrich cultural diversity within Malta’s creative scene by encouraging encounters and exchanges between international and Maltese artists, the creative collaborators and communities as well as physical and virtual environments. The residency framework provides the time for research and development as well as opportunities for creatives to engage with communities in the presentation of work.
‘Spazju Kreattiv Artists’ Residency programme is organised in collaboration with the Valletta Design Cluster and the Ministry for Gozo’
AiR 2021 – 2022
July - August 2022
"Floating Gardens" is a forthcoming essay film developed by Chinese artist Kanthy Peng. The residency aims to highlight the critical function of Malta's gardens, most notably Malta's Chinese Garden of Serenity, in fostering cross-cultural exchange, communication, and ways of life. During the four-week residency, Ms Peng will vivify Malta's gardens through various creative approaches, including archival research, collaborative performance with the local community, and improvisation, and by drawing on her many years of experience in creating participatory projects.
*The programme is a collaboration with the Valletta Cultural Agency and the China Cultural Centre in Malta.
EPHEMERA. Fireworks and Other Effects - Andrea Botto
Fireworks are born to enchant, amaze and terrify, to magically connect the earth with the sky. They are the result of a creative commitment to dominate and tame fire, modifying the elements for aesthetic purposes. I am attracted to fireworks by their ephemeral and iridescent character, but also by their extreme precision and plastic/sculptural aspect. Just like photography, they live through light. In some of the countries bordering the Mediterranean (Italy, Greece, Spain, Malta, France) we can find different traditional expressions of an ancient pyrotechnic art, the result of influences and cultural exchanges over the centuries. Since the early 1900s, an autonomous and particular pyrotechnic art has developed in Malta archipelago. Fireworks are widespread and integral part of local culture. Each village has at least one factory, most of the time two, which carries out the shows for the patron saint feasts which take place all year long. And all that is on a voluntary basis, because pyrotechnics is not a profession. The particular design of the Maltese ‘bombs’ is not only what can be seen in the sky, but is also expressed in their construction, the result of decades of material culture.
Cédrine Scheidig (France)
Cedrine Scheidig is a French-Caribbean photographer and videographer based in Paris, France. Trained at the French National School of Photography in Arles, her artistic work, which is documentary-based and very open to curatorial practices, investigate the contemporary concerns of diasporic beings.
Laura Besançon & YUNIS
During their residency, the artists will explore traditional Egyptian mythologies, rituals and material culture - particularly the use of archaic, anthropomorphic dolls as praxis during rituals. The research will be appropriated for a new contemporary context, and will take the form of a performative, participatory and public installation.
*This Artists' Residency is a collaboration with Aliance Francaise de Malte & Ambassade de France a' Malte.
Lara Lepionka (USA)
Lara Lepionka is a community-based artist and the founder and executive director of Backyard Growers, a non-profit organization connecting people to healthy food through school, community, and backyard gardens.
Roland Farkas (Slovakia)
I am an intermedia artist based in Budapest. In my works, I concentrate on the mechanisms of social inequities and the value of human life in contemporary society.
Andrea Botto (Italy)
Andrea Botto (1973) is an Italian photographer and lecturer. Interested in the cross-pollination of various contemporary art mediums, he uses photography as a means of dissecting the world in order to express its complexity and to expose its stratifications.
Sigrun Drapatz & Kiki Gebauer (Germany)
August - September 2022
Malta is a strategic base for shipping, trade and military in the Mediterranean. Malta has also been a place of refuge for centuries. Traces bear witness to a long history. A country on the edge of Europe that raises our questions. History is characterised by topographical locations. What traces can be named that crystallise history, away from the beaten path? What narratives are alive in the Maltese population? Which places carry meaning? Which landscape structures are made for landmarks?
With Spazju Kreattiv’s support, we will meet experts in Malta’s topographical, botanical, historical, heritage and architectural fields. Our goal is to create a map of Gozo as a “handout” to residency guests. This map will bear “our” tracks. We will bring our tools: cameras, colours and chalk. In our explorations, we mark, denote, and describe the places that seem important to us: squares, gardens, buildings, landscapes, workplaces, places of customs and of remembrance. Temporary installations are created. Photographically documented, they accompany our detective work.
Yara Mekawei (Egypt)
A prolific artist and scholar, Mekawei‘s sonic bricolages draw inspiration from the flow of urban centers and the infrastructure of cities. Interested in the philosophy of architecture, history, and
literature. Mekawei used the optical transfer from the musical conversation and transferring the sound waves to visual forms.
Jackie Neale (USA)
September - October 2022
Jackie Neale is an award-winning New York | Philadelphia based photographic artist, photographer, imaging specialist, photo director and producer, and author with a passion for historical processes and black and white film photography.
Joséphine A. Garibaldi & Paul Zmolek (USA)
December 2022 - January 2023
Making work together as Callous Physical Theatre, Joséphine A. Garibaldi and Paul Zmolek are dedicated to fostering collaboration across communities, disciplines, and cultures regionally, nationally, and internationally through a dialogic practice of art-making, research, and pedagogy.
AiR 2020 – 2021
Sabine Küper-Büsch and Thomas Büsch (Germany / Turkey)
Sabine Küper-Büsch and Thomas Büsch are German documentary filmmakers and Art Curators based in Istanbul. The couple produces documentary Films in the Middle East and South Eastern Europe that were awarded on international Film Festivals and are screened in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France on prominent TV channels like ARD, ZDF, 3Sat and arte.
Lee Campbell (UK)
Dr Lee Campbell is an artist, curator and lecturer at Central Saint Martins and across Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon colleges UAL.
Sarah Vella (MT) and Lisa Colette Bysheim (DE)
Sarah Vella and Lisa Colette Bysheim Bysheim & Vella met during their studies at Trinity Laban in London. As freelancers, they create and perform their own work in collaboration with other artists in various disciplines. To date, they have been individually involved in several dance projects for film, stage and site specific works. Their movement language is formed by their experience in contemporary and improvisation techniques.
Katarina Radovic (SRB)
August - September 2019
Katarina Radovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia. She studied History of Art at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK in the 1990s and acquired the BA Degree in Photography from the Academy of Arts ‘BK’ in Belgrade, Serbia, in 2006.
Diana Greene (USA)
Diana Greene is a multimedia artist based in North Carolina, USA. Her photographs and films straddle the world of fine art and documentary. She believes the camera is a way to connect vividly within communities and to the personal landscape within.