A multi-media installation by Klitsa Antoniou

Atlantropa, was a gigantic engineering and colonisation idea devised by the German architect Herman Sörgel in the 1920s. His project proposed to partially drain the Mediterranean forming a European supercontinent.

Today, more than ever, the Atlantropa scheme (of forming land bridges in the Mediterranean) seems relevant as it is suddenly fortified by contemporary intensity to remind us of the limits on freedom (migrants and refugees) and the destiny of the inhabitants of this area (surviving amid military, political, economic, social complexities/contrasts, migrations and fluid topographies of rejected, forgotten, unseen and silent memories).

This project in the context of the Malta Pavilion will aim to conceptually and artistically join the two islands of the Mediterranean, Malta and Cyprus, by offering glimpses on the utopian drives and the dystopian fallouts that characterise the Mediterranean area.

        Klitsa Antoniou 



Klitsa is a Professor of Fine Arts at Cyprus University of Technology. A multidisciplinary artist educated at Wimbledon School of Art, St. Martin’s School of Art and Design London (B.F.A.), Pratt Institute (M.F.A.),  New York University, USA (D.A. Program) and Cyprus University of Technology (PhD).

As an artist, she has exhibited in major museums and art galleries worldwide. She  has been an artist in residence in many countries and participated in noumerous workshops and seminars.


Her work has been exhibited in Herzliya Museum, Israel, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Palais du Rhin/Drac Alsace, Strasbourg, Arte Contemporanea Pinerolo, Torino, Sandström Andersson Gallery, Sweden, Exhibit Gallery, London, Antrepo, Istanbul, Espace Commines, Paris, Pulchri Studio, Hague, Macedonian Museum, Thessaloniki, Wonderland Lotte Square, Quanzhou, China, Bozar Expo, Belgium, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo, Skånes konstförening, Malmö, Sweden, Petach Tikva Museum, Israel, Museum of Nanjing University of the Art, China and The Museum of the Arts of the 20th and 21st Century, St Petersburg, Russia. She  has won noumerous awards.

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The Malta Pavilion is commissioned by Arts Council Malta under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice, Culture and Local Government. Malta’s participation in the 58th International Art Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia reflects the international ambitions of Arts Council Malta and is one of 70 actions being implemented as part of Create 2020, the Council’s five-year strategy for the cultural and creative sectors.

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