The Notarial Archives in Valletta hold over 20,000 manuscripts which document many aspects of life over six centuries of Maltese history. Over time, many of these precious documents have been damaged beyond recognition. They lie in a room on the top floor of the Archives known as the ‘crying room’.
Ignored for decades, these documents are given a new lease of life through this photography project by Attard in collaboration with the Notarial Archives Foundation.
By creating a relationship between himself and the documents, Attard gives them a new reason for being – a ‘parallel existence’. Attard believes the images will evoke in the viewer a sense of curiosity about their original purpose; while underscoring the importance of the Archives themselves.
‘Parallel Existences’ will be exhibited at Valletta Contemporary in East Street, Valletta between the 5th October and the 3rd November. The project is supported by Arts Council Malta – Malta Arts Fund, Project Support Grant.
Entrance is free.
More information may be obtained from the Facebook event page.