For the past month, St James Cavalier hosted a set of photographs by Italian photographer Vincenzo Castella which documents his observations around Maltese cities and the local landscape with an emphasis on urban spaces. Castella was born in Naples in 1952 and currently lives in Milan. He boasts a colourful career that investigates and speaks landscapes, spaces, the visible and the invisible, since 1975.
His high viewpoint which, in many cases, exclude the sky, sets a graphic language made of lines and forms – the language used to speak to the observer. Each piece may be consumed both as a distant overview of a space and as a close up collection of intricate details that put light on the density of the landscape. They describe the places, and their complexity with a hint on the lives within.
“The Malta project was born from the idea that images capture the way local people look upon their land and they become a point of contact and direction for those looking from the outside. The discovery and understanding of the island is indeed a very complex endeavor, to be slowly acquired a step at a time. It doesn’t reveal itself if not by entering the spirit of the land and cannot be felt contextually in all its aspects.” states Castella in his exhibition preface.
When contacted by REDWHITEmt , Chiara Massimello, curator of this exhibition, told us that she finds Malta to be an extraordinary stage on a natural, urban and a historical aspect. A country with a strong identity. She describes Malta as “an intertwined reality of historical and religious traditions and a very relevant geopolitical identity within Europe. The island is a hinge somewhat unknown – and at the same time a stepping pillar in the middle of the Mediterranean.”
Layers of Malta provides an experience of space where the different layers staged in each photograph are put at the scrutiny of each viewer who will definitely experience a sense of moving time coming to terms with each still shot.