Once again in his artistic carrier, Joseph Cilia is expressing his passion towards our national Maltese heritage through his exhibition entitled Luzzu. In this exhibition, which is to be held at Bir Mula Heritage in St. Margaret str, Bormla, the artist studies the life of our forefathers from a uniquely different aspect. He portrays the struggles together with the leisure of a rustic way of life through the tools and utensils as well as some culinary treats that were much more common place back then.
The artist puts these materials under the microscope expressing how through the adaptations that followed the handling of the various utensils, brought forth an interaction that is entwined with the tool as a mechanic consequence hence resulting in the creations of lifestyles and ultimately social interactions leading to the enrichment of Culture.
The symbolic figure of the Luzzu, while gathering in itself a tremendous array of jobs, hence the lifestyles and subcultures that are inevitably created through these interactions between the labourer and the world – this being both the social world and the material world which in a sense can be said to be inseperable – it portrays a whole frame of the Maltese thought. To start with, the Maltese have always been in a direct contact with other countries hence a constant adaptation to foreign influences was always felt in the Maltese islands this resulting in a culture and a national heritage that is unique the world over.
This exhibition marks the second solo exhibition and the third in the career of Joseph Cilia, a young artist of 22 years. Having studied art under the guidance of the late Norwegian artist Olaug Vethal, Cilia has completed his studies at the University of Malta in Psychology and Sociology. These studies highly influence the artists’ work as he uses his medium to evoke the feelings and emotions that are experienced by each subject.
This Exhibition that is being held at Bir Mula Heritage, Bormla was opened on the 27th March by his excellency Dr. Hugo Mifsud Bonnici President Emeritus. The general public is invited to visit this exhibition during weekends (or by appointment) between 10:30am and 7pm till the 7th of June.
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