Bejn is-Swar

A love story with my city

A wooden panel painted to represent a Valletta wall on which a poem about the relationship of a Valletta resident with his city was written.

This wall became space for interaction during ‘L-Aħħar Festa’, Valletta 2018’s celebrations held on December 15, 2018, marking the end of the local European Capital of Culture year.

Despite the very bad weather that hit Valletta during the day, people were invited to complete the painting by leaving a mark on the “wall”. This was possible through painting or by attaching thoughts on sticky notes and polaroid selfies. Photos were meant to cover the whole wall representing a city life that is made of constant human interventions and relations.

The poem in Maltese language speaks about an intimate moment experienced at the city. Whilst there is clear reference to a physical contact between two persons, the poem stands as a metaphor of the artist’s love towards his hometown.

Nifs f’nifs
bil-ħin friżat fuq ħoġorna,
ngħixek,
insir nafek.
Sa ma għada jisbaħ.
Sa ma jasal tmiem.
Taħt liżar stilel,
fil-għatx tar-ruħ,
fil-Kapitali.

2018
Series Street Art
Medium Mixed Media