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Art Discussion Group - Malta

115th Meeting Artist

Joe Agius - multimedia artist

The 115th Art Discussion Group Meeting will be held on Wednesday 20th November 2013 at 19.30hrs at MISCO OFFICE (first floor) in Fino Building in Notabile Road, Mriehel. ADG is inviting the ceramist and sculptor Joseph Agius to meet its members and friends in preparation of his exhibition’s inauguration on Friday 6th December 2013 at ‘Ala Gallery’ The Atrium, 36 Carini Street, St. Venera.  (From St Joseph High Street in Santa Venera, turn into an arch in front of St Joseph Church on the main road and you are in Carini St.)

The artist will answer questions from the floor regarding his vision, concept, and career. ‘Relics’ a large representative exhibition of his work took place at the Castellania (Medical & Health) in Merchants Street, Valletta during April – May 2010. Our members and friends have an opportunity to preview through professional images shown on screen the ‘Ala Gallery’ collection.

Joseph’s expression is not merely particular and peculiar. His themes are universal. He demonstrates and campaigns in favour of the oppressed; his subjects are a manifesto for equity and justice. His message exerts pressure to improve human rights. Such campaigns do not belong to a place, a time and a space but are entirely universal: themes that affect us all, that have affected us all through the history of mankind, from time immemorial.

His fight against oppression is a strident cry for liberty.

Joseph Agius was born on April 17th 1967. He lives at Santa Venera and currently works as a senior registered nurse in a pediatric ward at Mater Dei Hospital. Joseph started his ceramic studies 16 years ago at the previous School of Art and Craft at Targa Gap Mosta under George Muscat and Tony Briffa. 

The artist has participated in several collective exhibitions and organized several personal exhibitions including the actual show at ‘Ala Gallery’ at 36, ‘The Atrium’ in Carini Street, St. Venera. (From St Joseph High Street in Santa Venera, turn into an arch in front of St Joseph Church on the main road and you are in Carini St.)

With ceramics he often uses rusty sheet metal recycled from 45 gallon tanks abandoned in our countryside. In addition to ‘found object’ Joseph uses rusty iron rods and old newspapers that in his opinion transform into a symbolic protest, as the media obscure everyday reality.

The largest work by the ceramist, monumental in size and surely not alien to the description of monument is ‘Ethnic Groups’: three ceramic plaques 100 x 110 cm each based on a wooden pallet that actually decorate the main lobby of Mater Dei Hospital since August 2009. 

Perhaps this work could be regarded as Joseph’s strongest expression to date. It could be regarded as a form of protest against the alienable right of minorities and a condemnation of atrocities under the guise of ethnic cleansing. Lately Joseph has donated ‘Schism’ a large work in ceramics, metal and concrete, a garden sculpture to the picnic area at the Garden of Serenity in Santa Lucia.

E. V. Borg

02. 11. 2013