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Installation by Aleksandra Karpowicz, STILL, Body as Home

The OmenaArt Foundation established by Polish philanthropist and art lover, Omenaa Mensah, is honoured to be part of 2024 with a thematic pavilion "Other Geographies, Other Stories". This unique exhibition features artists originating from Poland and Ukraine, presenting for the first time in Malta. Based on the curatorial concept by Hanna Wróblewska and curated by Natalia Bradbury, the thematic pavilion is scheduled for Fort St Elmo in Valletta between 13th of March to 31st of May, and showcases artists: Barbara Falender, Iza Jagiełło, Ida Karkoszka, Lia Dostlieva, and Aleksandra Karpowicz. The artists unite in the creative exploration of transformation, migration, and the repercussions of turbulent changes. Utilizing the mediums of sculpture, photography, video, and installation, they weave a common thread of activism through their work. Despite diverse generational and artistic backgrounds, they find a convergence of experiences within a shared narrative.

Artwork by Iza Jagiello, from the series Affective Territories

The curator Natalia Bradbury points out that the exhibition’s narrative perfectly matches the character of the island. Malta, as a place that has been a combination of different geographies and stories for thousands of years, becomes an ideal landscape for the artists. The artists question whether today’s conflicts stem from the same principles as in ancient Mediterranean civilizations –struggle, exploitation, revenge, and tribalism. Exhibiting for the first time in Malta, they bring a unique perspective on the potential for change not only in times of peace but also in times of war. Their collective timeless message emphasises values such as empathy, reflection, compassion, sensual pleasure, care, and solidarity, which resonates in a broader global context.

Ida Karkoszka during her residency in Malta, photo credits: Wojtek Ciszkiewicz

“OmenaArt Foundation is honoured to be part of 2024. I feel very proud because we have an opportunity to present a unique art collection to a wider audience and open a new form of artistic dialogue. For me, this event also has a personal dimension, as I will be able to fulfil one of my artistic dreams.” - says Omenaa Mensah, the founder of OmenaArt Foundation.

Artwork by Barbara Falender, SHE

OmenaArt Foundation was established by Polish philanthropist, businesswoman, and art lover Omenaa Mensah to lead projects in the realms of art, architecture, and design. It is engaged in philanthropic activity, such as coordination of the Grand Charity Auction, one of the most prestigious events in Europe that promotes the best Polish and international artists. The Foundation is also working on building an art collection, supporting young artists and cultural institutions. OmenaArt Foundation is also involved in the revitalization of historic buildings in Poland, Italy, and Malta.

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