I fought the X and the X won
National Museum of Valletta / VALLETTA / MALTA
15th July- 15th August 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 15th, 6-10 p.m.
a project supported by
Malta Council for Culture & the Arts, Bank of Valletta, ARTACT, VODAFONE, Japan Foundation
FlashArt SK/CZ, ArtActMagazine, Radio Cluj, Skylife, Modernism, TVR Cluj, Radio Romania Cultural
Dimitrios Antonitsis, Vince Briffa, Gabriel Brojboiu, Austin Camilleri, Dionisis Christofilogiannis, Radu Comsa, Baptiste Debombourg, Sharon Engelstein, Petra Feriancova, Ry Fyan, Helidon Gjergji, Gabriele Grones, Ewa Kuras, Eva Mitala, Michal Moravcik , Tarohei Nakagawa, Adrian Scicluna, Artan Shabani, Katharina Swoboda, Dimitris Tataris, Raphael Vella, Siebren Versteeg
"I fought the X and the X won" is included in a series of three important exhibitions which will be held in Malta this summer. The other two openings are: "Contemporary art in dialogue with... Globalization: Helidon Gjergj" (Thursday, July 14, Theatre, Saint James Cavalier, 7 pm) and "Tarohei and Megumi Nakagawa" (Thursday, July 14, Main Hall, St James Cavalier, at 8.15 pm).
In many of these works, there is no tone of accusation that opposes “wrong” viewpoints. Arguments, ideas and people are not decisively split into winners and losers. Rather, their ambivalence, their irony and their discordance make many of these works so thought-provoking. The object is not to present an image that authorises specific interpretations, ideological underpinnings or political closure, but to destabilise certainties. This tactic is not a reflection of artistic or political indecisiveness but an understanding of antagonism in which the objective is to provide partial, non-authoritarian answers that weave themselves into other partial answers. There is no totality, no definite winner and loser, no fully selfconscious identity, no possibility of democracy or art without multiple, conflicting positions. Instead, art speaks of gaps and breaks and paradoxically finds its own potential therein. This emptiness is its lifeblood.
(…text by Sandro Debono, senior curator of National Museum of Malta)