A Tranquil Star


Curated by Mark Mangion

9 June → 14 October 2017
Malta Contemporary Art, Valletta

Thinking about material vectors and narrative juxtapositions, A Tranquil Star engages in a series of base questions, examining how narrative, process and material are shaped and how they coexist in varying states of meaning and form. Haris Epaminonda works with collected historic images and objects from different eras that are re-archived, reimagined and recontextualized, as very specific, orchestrated and minimal arrangements. Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne continue with their ongoing collaboration presenting appropriated cultural images and elements, repositioning them as deconstructed and buoyant devices. Basim Magdy's films reveal meticulous and poetic timelines via a collaging and physical interference with an extensive cache of film stock, superimposed audio and textual narratives producing and embodying ghostly, nostalgic and archeological narratives. Salvatore Arancios's ceramic sculptures indulge in an obscure scientific observation of physical and synthesised forms from nature, creating alluring representations repositioning very tactile connections to meaning and material.

Salvatore Arancio's (b.1974 Italy) work spans several media from video and animation to ceramics and sculpture.
He has exhibited his work at various galleries and institutions around the world and is one of this years selected artists in the main exhibition at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Haris Epaminonda (b.1980 Cyprus) works in Sculpture and Film. Her work has been exhibited around the world including the Venice Biennale, Tate Modern, Museum of Modern Art New York.
Anthea Hamilton (b.1978 UK) works in sculpture. Her work has been exhibited extensively and she was nominated for the 2016 Turner Prize. Her work also involves an ongoing collaboration with Nicholas Byrne (b.1979 UK). His work has been exhibited at Vilma Gold London, Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin, Saatchi Gallery London, Tate St.Ives and many others.
Basim Magdy (b.1977 Egypt) works in film, photography and other media. His work has been exhibited extensively including MCA Chicago, MAXXI Rome and Jeu de Paume Paris.