I was lucky enough to go to the busy opening evening and chat with the photographers; though you’ll have more luck now in seeing the photographs in peace. But the crowds at the opening evening showed just how popular an art form photography is in Malta, for both practitioners and viewers.
Illuminaria brings together 24 highly-individual, local photographers. What makes this event unusual is the juxtaposition of works by professional and award-winning photographers alongside those of relative newcomers.
The exhibition curator is Kevin Casha, one of Malta’s foremost photographers. Most of those taking part are current or former students of his; he came up with the idea of a collective exhibition as a way to encourage the participants to ‘go up a gear and take the plunge to exhibit their work’.
The majority are showing their works for the first time in public, so the exhibition is characterised by a fresh, unshackled approach, which, says Casha, “is many a time an eye opener and reminder to seasoned professionals to keep striving to be innovative, creative and artistic”. All works have been selected for their originality, with not a hackneyed shot in sight.
Illuminaria – from Light to Print – at No. 68, St Lucy Street, Valletta.
Exhibition open: Friday,1 May – Friday, 15 May
Viewing Times: Mornings 10.30 am – 1.30 pm
Evenings 4.00 pm – 8.00 pm (Monday – Friday only)