Familja migrAzzjoni – I was born there, but I live here…
Katelia’s project explores the memory, traces, and marks of the past on the present, how we integrate them, and how we bury them. She needs to understand why people move; the attraction and the repulsion of migrating.
Katelia believes that if we have a better understanding of this, then we would have more empathy towards each other.
“Familja migrazzjoni” begins with the lineage of three members of Katelia’s Maltese family, her great-grandmother, her grandfather and her father who all have their own unique stories linked with identity and migration.Katelia meets different people with unparalleled migratory routes, leading her to enlarge her family with new members from all over the world who have their own personal stories on migration.
We share stories to show a parallel or a similar history. She invites you to discover their singular itineraries and their sensitive faces which, after all, is the story of humanity.
Personal exhibition. 32 portraits of international migrants. Photography attached to stories in three languages, French, Maltese and English.
Artist’s book, limited edition, 60 copies.
Organisation of two events involving reading, lyric recital, discussion with audience.
Project translated by Nadia Mifsud in Maltese, and in English
From 8 March to 2 April 2017
Space B, Spazju Kreattiv, St James Cavalier, Valletta, Malta
Photos of the opening by Elisa Von Brockdorff