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'MELITA, REFUGE' SPZAJU KREATTIV

This page is dedicated to the captions and texts of the photographs exhibited at Spazju Kreattiv, Valetta, Malta from March 1 to April 7.


Space C1 / Quest for Refuge. From left to right : 1. Nigel, Ras il-Wardija, Punic-Roman sanctuary, San Lawrenz, Gozo, 2022 / 2. Ras il-Wardija, Punic-Roman sanctuary, San Lawrenz, Gozo, 2022 / 3. Sliema, View from Valetta, Malta, 2021 / 4. it-Tempji tal-Ggantija, Gozo, 2021 / 5. Nigel, Ras il-Wardija, Punic-Roman sanctuary, San Lawrenz, Gozo, 2022
Space C1 / Quest for Refuge : Maltese Caves, 2021-2022. The specific geology of the Maltese caves enables them to serve as shelters. The larger caves provide ancestral habitat.
Space C 2 / Phoenician's world. From left to right : 1. Quarry, dating from Phoenicians, Favignana, Sicily, 2023 / 2. Phoenician sarcophagus, Antonio Salinas Archaeological Museum, Palermo / 3. Noura, Cospicua, 2023 / 4. Quarry, dating from Phoenicians, Favignana, Sicily, 2023 / 5. Quarry, dating from Phoenicians, Favignana, Sicily, 2023 /6.Meninx, Phoenicians remains, Djerba Island, 2023 / 7.Phoenician House Foundation Wall, Selinunte, Sicily, 2023
Space C 2 / Phoenician's world. From left to right : 1. Tas-Silg, ancient megalithic temple was repurposed by the Phoenicians as a temple dedicated to the goddess Astarte, Marsaxlokk, Malta, 2022 / 2 and 3 The Carthage tophet, is an ancient sacred area dedicated to the Phoenician deities Tanit and Baal, located in the Carthaginian district of Salammbô, Tunisia, near the Punic ports / 4. Punic necropolis, near the Antonine Baths, Carthage, 2023 / 5. Youssef, Kerkouane, site of an ancient Punic city near Cape Bon
Space C 2 / Phoenician's world. From left to right : 1. Near Punic necropolis, Antonine Baths, Carthage, 2023 / 2. Phoenician tophet, Antonio Salinas Archaeological Museum, Palermo / 3. Phoenician tomb, Mozia island, Sicily
Space C 3/ Phoenician's world. From left to right : 1. Quarry, dating from Phoenicians, Favignana, Sicily, 2023 / 2. Cave, Favignana, Sicily, 2023 / 3.Youssef, El Haouaria cave, Cape Bon, Tunisia
Space C 3 / Migration of Mediterranean. Humans,Trees and Plants. From left to right : 1. Maria, Sans Blas, Gozo, 2023 / 2. Xemxija apiary from Punic times, Malta, 2023 / 3. Ficus trees, Floriana, Malta, 2023 / 4. Carob tree, dating back to the times of the Phoenicians, Xemxija, Malta, 2023 / 5. Delfina at home, near Via Dante, Palermo, 2023 / 6. Orto Botanico, Palermo, 2023 "I've thrown my life down here. » says Delfina Nunes Boaventura who emigrated from Cape Verde at the age of 17. She has lived in Palermo for 40 years. She was the president of the Consulta delle Culture, an organization that promotes the political participation of foreign communities in Palermo. She has worked in the social and health sectors, then as a cultural mediator, and continues to give lectures and advocate for migrants' rights today. Sicily, an island mythologized by its history and geographical position, serves as a crossroads of civilizations and migrations through the ages. Its strategic location, at the heart of the Mediterranean, positions it as one of the primary points of arrival for many migrants seeking to enter Europe. This liminality, this stance on the threshold between two worlds, endows Sicily with a significant role as a place of welcome and passage.
Space C 3 / Migration in the Mediterranean. From left to right : 1. Ficus trees, Xemxija, Malta, 2023 / 2.The Carthage tophet, Tunisia, 2023 / 3.Ficus trees, Villa Malfitano Whitaker, 2023 / 4. Ibrahima, Orto Botanico, Palermo, 2023/ 5.Ghar il-Kbir, Malta, 2022 / 6. Ibrahima, Orto Botanico, Palermo, 2023 « Ibrahima Deme was born in Côte d'Ivoire in 1993. As a young man, he attended secondary school before embarking on his journey to Europe, arriving in Italy in 2017. In Palermo, he feels like an active citizen, studying Italian and engaging in city life through projects aimed at assisting migrants. Palermo, founded by the Phoenicians, derives its name from ancient Greek, meaning "the ideal refuge." In 2018, in response to European leaders' inaction, Leoluca Orlando, the mayor of Palermo, took initiative by introducing the "Palermo Charter." This charter advocates for the abolition of residence permits in the context of mobility as a fundamental right. It asserts the principle that "no one chooses their birthplace; thus, everyone should have the right to choose where to live, to seek a better life, and not to face death." Mayor Orlando emphasized the charter's principles: "Europe must fundamentally change its mindset to address the migration crisis and view this historical event not as a threat or an invasion, which is entirely baseless, but as an opportunity and a possibility. It needs to reassess its priorities and reaffirm its commitment to its core values, particularly the respect for human rights. » »
Space C4 / Migration in the Mediterranean. From left to right : 1. Kerkouane, site of an ancient Punic city near Cape Bon, Tunisia / 2. Malta, 2022 / 3. Migrant worker, Malta, 2023 / 4. Kerkouane, site of an ancient Punic city near Cape Bon, Tunisia
Space C4 / Migration in the Mediterranean. From left to right : 1. Aghir port, Djerba, 2023 / 2. Phoenician tomb, Mozia, Sicily, 2023 / 3.Phoenician tomb, Mozia, Sicily, 2023 / 4.Naby, Zarzis, Tunisia, 2023
Space C4 / Migration in the Mediterranean. From left to right : 1. Hal far, refugee Center, Malta, 2022 / 2. Malta, 2022 / 3. Hal far, refugee Center, Malta, 2022 / 4. Ibrahima, Palermo, 2023 / 5. Mutuelle Ville, Tunisia, 2023 / 6. Ahmed, Zarzis, Tunisia, 2023
Space C4 / Migration in the Mediterranean. From left to right : 1. Confiscated boat, Zarzis port, Tunisia, 2023 / 2. Mozia Phoenician island, Sicily / 3. Malta, 2022 / 4. Gozo, 2022 / 5. Near Ghar il-Kbir, Malta, 2022 / 6. Said, Palermo, 2023 / Departure beach, Djerba, 2023 / Abdel Karim, former fisherman, Aghir port, Djerba, 2023 « The Aghir lighthouse on the island of Djerba marked Said's point of departure. At 17, when he decided to undertake the "Harraga" (the act of burning one's papers, symbolizing the crossing), he turned to his uncle, Abdel Karim, for advice. Said's final decision was made in a café in the port of Zarzis, where his uncle, a seasoned fisherman with 35 years of experience, agreed to help him by offering his boat. Abdel Karim's traditional boat enabled Said and 12 other young people to get to a larger boat, necessary for reaching international waters. During the night, they successfully reached Lampedusa. »
Space C4 / Migration in the Mediterranean. From left to right : 1. Chakib, Valetta, 2022 / 2. Malta, 2022 / 3. Port of Zarzis, Tunisia, 2023 / 4. Fatma, Zarzis, Tunisia, 2023 / 5 Mohammed, Zarzis, Tunisia, 2023 / 6. Peace Lab, Hal Far, Malta, 2022
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