[spectre] CFP: Mediterranean Goddesses (Mdina, 28 Nov 23)

Andreas Broeckmann andreas.broeckmann at leuphana.de
Sun Jan 8 18:35:06 CET 2023

From: Nikki Petroni
Date: Jan 7, 2023
Subject: CFP: Mediterranean Goddesses (Mdina, 28 Nov 23)

Mdina, Malta, Deadline: Mar 24, 2023

APS Mdina Biennale 2023.
Mediterranean Goddesses.

The APS Mdina Contemporary Art Biennale is now entering its fourth 
edition under the artistic direction of Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci. The 
exhibition will be open from the 13th of November until 15th December 2023.

The exhibition will be re-igniting the significance of the Mediterranean 
as a geographical and cultural region, this time harking back to the 
multi-forms of mythological, religious, and spiritual deities. Hence the 
theme title of "Mediterranean Goddesses".

The theme of spiritual and species fertility, so rich within the 
concentrated Mediterranean soil and sea, can, albeit its utopian 
sub-text, offer an alternative to the political reality plaguing our 
world today. This notion develops upon the theme of the 2020 Mdina 
Biennale: "Regaining a Paradise Lost: The Role of the Arts", and that of 
the 2017 edition: "The Mediterranean: A Sea of Conflicting Spiritualities".

​The act of harking back to divinity, in whatever form, can be a modest 
but strong aesthetic reply to today's real apocalyptic planetary danger. 
It is a fascinating fact that throughout humankind's history, all 
Mediterranean hubs offered powerful mythological and religious forms 
related to fertility and to the defence and salvation of humankind. The 
twenty-first century is no different.

An international conference focusing on Mediterranean Modern art will be 
organised in collaboration with the APS Mdina Contemporary Art Biennale, 
offering an opportunity for academics, researchers, and artists to 
engage with the history of Mediterranean Modern art and with the 
exhibition theme. The conference will be held on the 28th November, 2023.

Interested applicants are invited to send proposals of between 250-300 
words for papers of 2.500-4.000 words in length. Paper subjects must 
focus on twentieth and twenty-first century visual art and theory in 
relation to the stipulated theme. The length of the final paper is to be 
stated in the proposal.
An updated CV is also required.

The essays will be featured in a monograph dedicated to discussing the 
exhibition theme as an accompaniment to the exhibition.

Submissions are to be sent to info at mdinabiennale.com by Friday 24th 
March, 2023.

The APS Mdina Biennale is organised in partnership with Changing Gear. 
Changing Gear is a research project focusing on the Modern Art of the 
Mediterranean region which is run by the Modern and Contemporary Art 
section within the Department of Art and Art History, University of 
Malta. For more information please visit the website: 


Reference / Quellennachweis:
CFP: Mediterranean Goddesses (Mdina, 28 Nov 23). In: ArtHist.net, Jan 7, 
2023. <https://arthist.net/archive/38257>.

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