A multi-screen projection by Vince Briffa

OUTLAND focuses on the indecisiveness of man as he longs to re-trace his way to the ultimate Haven, caught between the safety of an island and the peril of returning to his homeland.

Inspired by the Odyssey, it traces the symbolic duality of the lover, as saviour/oppressor, exploring the uncertainty and lure of safety, and the longing for freedom. 


Through its multiple narratives and sound, the installation explores man's complex relationship with his various realities, and the anxieties of such uncertainties.

Actors: Paul Portelli, Sandra Mifsud

       Professor Vince Briffa 




Vince is Associate Professor and Head of Department of Digital Arts at the University of Malta. A multi-disciplinary artist educated at Leeds University and UCLan in the UK.

He is a Fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, New York and curated exhibitions at the NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf; the Münchner Künstlerhaus, Munich; Les Rencontres Arles, France; Leeuwarden, the Netherlands amongst others. Briffa has published numerous papers and books related to art practice.

As an artist, he has exhibited in major museums and art galleries worldwide, including the Venice Biennale (1999); the United Nations Building, Geneva; the Museum of Modern Art, Liechtenstein; the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Santa Fe, Argentina; Palais Liechtenstein, Austria; the Museum of Fine Arts, Romania and the Museum of Modern Art, Tel Aviv amongst many others.

He was also commissioned projects by the Cork 2005, Pafos 2017 and Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 European Capitals of Culture. His work forms part of numerous private and public collections.

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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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