Dehumaneation: art goes political and anti-racist

Combining over 30 of artist Shaun Grech’s paintings, film, an installation, narratives, and critical debate, Dehumaneation (a performance in its own right) will explore the complex concepts of dehumanisation, humiliation and nation.

Curated by Raphael Vella, and collaborating with film maker Martin Bonnici and performer Paul Portelli, Dehumaneation is an unashamedly political project that seeks to open a space for active critical reflection and debate on a range of thorny issues while envisioning sites of critical resistance within the artistic space. These will include: political violence and tribalism, colonialism, racism, the politics of borders and nationhood, and the assault on the environment among others.

More specifically, this exhibition will move beyond mere aesthetics driven by abstraction, towards a posture where art can and should be informed, understand complex notions, make a statement, and importantly be committed to social justice. As Grech insists, “Only then, can creative work become transformative and move outside the space of privileged (and often ill-informed), and the apathetic isolation we are all too accustomed to.” 

Grech returns to Spazju Kreattiv after 15 years with this major offering. The main hall will be refashioned and reimagined to move beyond the solitary paintings on a wall to fashion a space of discomfort and debate.

Dehumaneation will open on the 15th of January and run through to the 28th of February 2021 at Space A at Spazju Kreattiv, St James Cavalier, Castille Place, Valletta.

This project is supported by the Project Support Grant, Malta Arts Fund – Arts Council Malta. For more information, you may visit: Shaun Grech’s website.

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