After an extensive research of the terrain,we decided to execute an installation on St. Paul’s island. This fragile intervention can be viewed from the mainland for about 40 minutes. (This duration is linked to technical issues…. )
Gina’s installations establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, she uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different social and political issues. The work incorporates time as well as space – a fictional and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit.
TO ACCESS THE INSTALLATION:
1) Go to Selmun Palace. Park. Take the Road Down towards the Water and turn right. Follow the water front until you see St. Paul’s Island to your left. The landscape will look approximately like in the following photographs. Printing out the pictures and taking them as guide-line to find the location of the art installation is recommended.
2) Alternatively, you go to Mistra Bay and park there. Go to the water front and turn left. As an orientation point: the landscape to your left looks like this: this is what we leave behind to delve into the wonders of nature and prepare ourselves fully to engage with Gina’s work. According to Gina, the possibility or the dream of the annulment of a (historically or socially) fixed identity is a constant focal point. By merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, she often creates several practically identical works, upon which thoughts that have apparently just been developed are manifested: notes are made and then crossed out again, ‘mistakes’ are repeated.
3) Alternatively the second, you can rent a Jeep and drive there.
(Gina’s works also bear strong political references.)
Gina Levante (°1986, Catania, Italy) makes installations, performances, mixed media artworks and conceptual artworks. By manipulating the viewer to create confusion, Levante investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.
Her works are on the one hand touchingly beautiful, on the other hand painfully attractive. Again and again, the artist leaves us orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts. Gina Levante currently lives and works in Roma.A Fragmenta Event will take place in the vicinity of St. Paul’s Island, Malta, on April 1st, 2014. The culmination of the envisioned art event will take place between roughly 5pm and 6pm. We start levitating the Saint at 5pm sharp.
Gina Levante’s favorite drink will be served. Everybody is welcome! Please check later and facebook for detailed information.