Panel Discussion - Art & Activism
17th March 2020
As the third public talk in our March series of 'Tuesday Talks', we are happy to present a panel discussion about art as a form of activism. For this event, we invited four known names on the local art scene, whose practice directly relates to activism; political cartoonist and artist Seb Tanti Burlò, lecturer and writer Immanuel Mifsud, artist, curator and cultural manager Margerita Pulè and Raffaella Zammit from Gabriel Caruana Foundation. The panel discussion is being held in collaboration with Friends of the Earth Malta (FoEM) and will be moderated by Maria Eileen Fsadni, who is a FoEM volunteer and an art historian herself.
This activity is supported by MCVS through the VOPS funding scheme.
About Friends of the Earth Malta : Friends of the Earth Malta (est. 1985) is a Maltese environmental NGO, part of a wider international network. Since it’s conception it has engaged in vibrant campaigns, raised awareness, and mobilised people to participate in public decision making. Friends of the Earth Malta focuses on developing solutions for today’s most pertinent environmental issues and promotes alternatives to the current system, pushing for a more environmentally and socially just, sustainable society.
Maria Eileen Fsadni
Maria Eileen Fsadni is a writer and art historian who is passionate about the preservation of Malta’s natural environment and cultural heritage. She was educated in Belgium, Australia, The Netherlands and Malta. Maria holds an M.A. in History of Art and has been working at Palazzo Falson since 2015. Her writings include a series of interviews with prominent Maltese activists published in the Friends of the Earth Malta newsletter.
Raffaella Zammit is interested in creative research practices that weave environmental issues and community involvement for cultural change. She has developed and participated in a number of projects including ħożż il-ħsejjes, Nimxu Mixja, Kreaturi, Fluid Space, the Tree Council, developed together with different collaborators. Zammit holds a degree in Geography (Melit) and an MSc in Countryside Conservation and Management (UWE). She is the Executive Director of the Gabriel Caruana Foundation, with extensive experience in the planning and environmental sectors as well as cultural sector through her work with the Gabriel Caruana Foundation and other organisations.
Sei Tanti Burlo
Sebastian Tanti Burlo' is a political cartoonist and artist, currently working from the Island of Malta. His work combines current affairs, art, writing and a mess of ink to create a social commentary of todays times.
Margerita Pulé is an artist, curator and cultural manager, with a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. Her practice and research are concerned with the contradictions of politics and social realities. She is founder-director of Unfinished Art Space an independent and nomadic space showing contemporary art in Malta. currently editor of Artpaper, Malta's quarterly art publication. Recent curatorial projects include group show Hackable Animals (2019), Alex Urso’s Grand Hotel Europa Part III (2019) and Daily Bread (2019).
Immanuel Mifsud (1967) lectures in Maltese literature within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta. He has published several collections of poetry, short stories and novels. Mifsud won the National Literary Award four times. In 2011 he won the European Union Prize for Literature with his book Fl-Isem tal-Missier (u tal-Iben) which was published in French by Gallimard, English by Parthian and translated into eight more languages. His award-winning poetry collections and novels have also been published in several languages.