A site-specific installation by Trevor Borg

Trevor Borg (Malta) proposes a re-imagined multilayered narrative of ancient creatures and long lost civilizations, exploring entrapment concealed within a Haven. Loosely drawing from animal remains and artifacts excavated in a cave in Malta the work seeks to make (up) histories, to fabricate facts and to blur the boundaries between actuality and imagination, real and semblance.

In this site-specific installation meticulously researched by the artist, ambivalent remains of unfamiliar creatures and peculiar artifacts re-emerge to expose new layers of meaning. The artist invites the visitor to a mystical journey of surprise and self inquiry navigating through the pre-historic layers of Malta in the footsteps of its earliest inhabitants and their final end. The work concerns displacement narrated through non-taxonomic collecting approaches and constructed actualities.

        Dr Trevor Borg 



Trevor is a lecturer within the Department of Digital Arts at the University of Malta and a multi-disciplinary artist. He holds a PhD in Fine Art practice from the University of Leeds and his work spans across a diverse range of media from drawing to painting, sculpture, photography, film, and installations.

He worked in the creative industries namely within the design sector as artistic director and with Heritage Malta, the national agency for museums and cultural heritage. He is a member of the creative practice-led research network LAND2 and curator of various exhibitions.

His work has been shown in numerous museums and galleries internationally including, the MKM Museum Küppersmühle Duisburg, Germany; Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria; Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium; European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium; Museu-Arxiu de Montblanc i Comarca, Spain; Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, Malta; NRW-Forum Dusseldorf, Germany; Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie Leeuwarden, Netherlands;  Villa Claudia Feldkirch, Austria; Biffi Arte, Piacenza, Italy; University of Leeds, UK; and Sheffield Institute of Arts, UK; amongst many others. He regularly delivers talks and papers related to art practice and research.

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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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