Embassy of the liquid states


29 April → 30 May 2010
Malta Contemporary Art, Valletta

Full speed. One image displaces the next one. The status indicator oscillates nervously. The works on show belong to independent states, sovereign, with their own national characteristics, pride, past glories and miseries, its dark episodes on History. However, they share a set of common policies that make them look together at the future.
Links between artists, works, states, are always being renegotiated. Boundaries are swinging like water on the beach, with overlapped rhythms of waves and tides, just partially able to be forecast. Three pet bottles floating and colliding on a corner of the harbour.
This liquid character is inherent in the development of Western civilization, of European history, of the history of Malta, and of the cultural environment in which our activity develops. The moment is indefinable because it changes incessantly.

Ingrid Buchwald selects instants of the network, a collection of personal mottos taken from Facebook that compose a collective X-ray picture of a moment that it is not anymore. Her work talks about the urgency of taking all chances, about the increasing speed and amount of possibilities just on the brink of being missed. Giving voice through interviews, testing the interviewee with daily life objects, transformed, documents of collective memory. 

Jaume Sabater I Garau presents 2 rooftop scenes, one in Rome the other in Valletta. The artist performs a kind of perilous dance on the edge against the backdrop of the city and the landscape. One of Sabater I Garau’s typical taped up figurative sculpture also lies awkwardly in the space.

Manuel Saiz’s 2 films use a cyclical structure. In Sic Transit a group of young Europeans of different nationalities. The fixed camera shot waits for the subjects who run into the frame proclaiming individual statements in different languages building a unified narrative. Similarly, Circular uses a physical link of people against an architectural backdrop of historical relevance. A voice orders the subject into the scene thus once again creating a whole.