Where

Triq Il-Mosta, Attard, Malta View map

Frank Portelli Archives presents ‘Frank u Jien’, its first project celebrating the life and work of modern art pioneer Frank Portelli, set in his old art studio. Curated by Andrew Borg Wirth and written by Maria Theuma, the new interdisciplinary piece showcases Portelli’s work through a series of performances, giving audiences a unique opportunity to experience fragments of his personal archive.

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Minimum Age

All ages

Tickets

When

Feb 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 2024

FEB

21

Wed

19:30

FEB

22

Thu

19:30

FEB

23

Fri

19:30

FEB

24

Sat

19:30

FEB

25

Sun

19:30

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Description

‘Frank u Jien’ is an interdisciplinary one hour experience that welcomes intimate audiences into the old art studio of Maltese modern artist and designer, Frank Portelli (1922 - 2004). Curated by Andrew Borg Wirth and written by Maria Theuma, it brings together some of Malta’s most exciting contemporary performing and visual artists to showcase fragments of Portelli’s rich personal archive. 


The spoken language will be Maltese, however be English surtitles will be presented.


Directed by Becky Camilleri

Performed by Michela Farrugia and Monique Dimech Genuis

Visuals by Charlie Cauchi

Sound by Yasmin Kuymizakis

Light by Moritz Zavan

Production Design by Andrew Borg Wirth

Graphic Design by Ed Dingli and Matthew Demarco


The performative experience makes reference to defining works from the artist’s collection, other key moments in Maltese art history and Portelli’s own biography. ‘Frank U Jien’ transcends any singular artistic medium to create a performative understanding of a critical point in Malta’s history. 


Set in his old art studio in Attard, which he himself designed - his ultimate artefact - it is a unique opportunity for audiences to experience art in a way that emulates Portelli’s collaborative and experimental spirit, which enabled him to push boundaries and contribute towards change on the Island.


Frank u Jien is supported by Arts Council Malta. 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Free seating (no pre allocated seats).
  • Doors strictly closed at 19:25.
  • Performance is 1 hour long (19:30 - 20:30).
  • Please note that you will be stepping into a private residence, therefore we kindly ask you to respect the space and follow the guidance given by our ushers. 
  • There will be no bar service at this site specific location and no food or drinks will be allowed inside. 
  • Please note that Thursday 15th will include an opening panel discussion, moderated by Francesca Balzan as part of a collaboration with Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti.
  • The site specific venue does not have wheelchair access, a recording of the performance will be available post-performance, we're sorry for any inconvenience.