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Other Geographies, Other Stories

Exploring activism from female perspective

“OmenaArt Foundation is honoured to be part of 2024. I feel very proud because we have an opportunity to present a unique art collection to a wider audience and open a new form of artistic dialogue. For me, this event also has a personal dimension, as I will be able to fulfil one of my artistic dreams.” – Omenaa Mensah.

Artwork by Monika Falkus, Photo by Wojtek

The OmenaArt Foundation is part of 2024 with a thematic pavilion “Other Geographies, Other Stories”. Based on the curatorial concept by Hanna Wróblewska and curated by Natalia Bradbury, this unique exhibition is scheduled for Fort St Elmo in Valletta. Originating from Poland and Ukraine, the artists Barbara Falender, Iza Jagiełło, Ida Karkoszka, Lia Dostlieva, and Aleksandra Karpowicz unite in the creative exploration of transformation, migration, and the repercussions of turbulent changes. These themes serve as catalysts for profound inquiries into identity, nationality, and corporeality, pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a woman and an artist. Utilizing the mediums of sculpture, photography, video, and installation, the artists weave a common thread of activism through their work. Despite diverse generational and artistic backgrounds, they find a convergence of experiences within a shared narrative.

The curator Natalia Bradbury points out that the exhibition’s narrative perfectly matches the character of the island. Malta, as a place that has been a combination of different geographies and stories for thousands of years, becomes an ideal landscape for the artists. In an era marked by climatic, social, and political upheavals, the artists raise a fundamental question: Can we forge a new world with a different order? They question whether today’s conflicts stem from the same principles as in ancient Mediterranean civilizations –struggle, exploitation, revenge, and tribalism. Exhibiting for the first time in Malta, the artists bring a unique perspective on the potential for change not only in times of peace but also in times of war. Their collective timeless message emphasises values such as empathy, reflection, compassion, sensual pleasure, care, and solidarity, which resonates in a broader global context.

The OmenaArt Foundation was established by Polish philantropist, businesswoman, and art lover Omenaa Mensah to lead projects in the realms of art, architecture, and design. It is engaged in philanthropic activity, such as coordination of the Grand Charity Auction, one of the most prestigious events in Europe that promotes the best Polish and international artists. The Foundation is also working on building an art collection, supporting young artists and cultural institutions. OmenaArt Foundation is also involved in the revitalization of historic buildings in Poland, Italy, and Malta.

Site specific digital landscape series by Matthew Attard, courtesy of Galleria Michela Rizzo
She by Barbara Falender

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