Behind preservation laws lies a broader cultural fact: the collective belief that some works of historical and artistic value are inalienable and that their true value is over and above any exchange value they may acquire on markets.
“National Anthem”, a solo exhibition by Kevin Mallan is a verdict, a protest song and, in the artist’s own words, “an outcry for this island and what the order of the day has become to signify”.
By responding with art, beauty and civic concern to the chaotic and hostile environment of one of Malta’s most urbanised towns, Nimxu Mixja achieved the impossible. Even if for a brief moment, it reclaimed space from car dominance for pedestrians.
Despite having spent a decade in Malta, I still am a guest here—a non-EU resident who cannot afford to purchase Maltese citizenship. I cannot vote either in local council or European Parliament elections. Simply put, I am unrepresented.
Both Captain Marvel (Marvel Studios) and Umbrella Academy (Netflix) offer keen critiques of the borderline-fascist notions of superhero might and specialness, and we would be remiss to ignore them.
Contrary to what many want to make us believe, this republic is far from immaculate. Acknowledging this might help us resist the dirtier among us.
Distinguishing between satire and dead serious news has become a challenge, hasn’t it? But there is a silver lining, too: satirical news portal Bis-Serjetà is the ‘jester that speaks truth to the king’.