Austin Camilleri

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Austin Camilleri

Austin Camilleri is an artist working in installation, painting, drawing, video and sculpture. He studied at the University of Malta and at the Accademia Pietro Vannucci in Perugia.

He has curated exhibitions and created interdisciplinary events often working with authors, composers, actors, architects and choreographers, together or separately. He established 356, is founding member of StArt, Fundazzjoni Klula and ISTRA Foundation and a visiting lecturer at the Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta.

His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Mediterranean Biennale and the Biennale for Young Artists and in shows at the Bozar, the Musee Bontanique and the Centrale Electrique, European Centre for Contemporary Arts in Brussels, Belgium; at Kalmar Konstmueum In Sweden; the Henderson Center in Beijing, China; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Apollonia in Strasbourg, Fondation Villa Datris in L’Isle sur la Sorgue, France; Palais Liectenstein in Feldkirch, Austria; the Vatican Museum and Museo Archeoloigico complex, Lipari; Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland; at Inguat, Guatemala City, Guatemala; in Grote Kerk in the Hague, Holland; Chiesa Santa Chiara, Republic of San Marino; at Beith Shemesh, Gerusalem, Isreal; at Palais Kherredine in Tunis, Tunisia; at the Munchen Kunstelerhaus in Munich and Kulturzentrum in Konstanz, Germany; the National Museum of Fine Arts, Maritime Museum, Museum of Archeology and MCA in Malta.

Austin Camilleri lives in Gozo and works between Malta, Italy and Belgium. [1]

Solo exhibitions. Public Commissions

  • 2017: Libretto, Galleria Mediterranea, Palermo;
  • 2016: Zieme, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden;
  • 2016: Formula of Excellence with Alfredo Rapetti Mogol, Gozo/ Milan;
  • 2016: Bronze Portals, Santwarju Hniena Divina, Naxxar;
  • 2015: Ghost Trip, Henderson Centre, Beijing, China;
  • 2015: Hate Politik, in collaboration with Thomas Zueggin, Mario Sammut and Kenneth Spiteri;
  • 2014: Winning architectural project: international call for proposals for an artistic statement to the Maltese Republic;
  • 2014: Solo I Bambini ci salveranno, in collaboration with 12,000 primary school pupils;
  • 2014: Zieme, Valletta International Arts Festival, City Gate, Valletta;
  • 2013: Deposition, Tal-Pilar Church, Valletta;
  • 2011: Camilleri On Paper, gallery Art..e, Victoria, Gozo;
  • 2011: L-Ahhar Moll, with Ruben Pace, St James Centre for Creativity, Valletta;
  • 2010: MCA 16, Malta Contemporary Art Foundation, Valletta;
  • 2010: Blata, public sculptural installation. Garden of Nations, Ramallah;
  • 2009: Camilleri Carbonaro, with Pawl Carbonaro, Munchen Kunstlerhaus, Munich, Germany;
  • 2009: Via Crucis, Santwarju Hniena Divina, Naxxar;
  • 2009: This is fiction, Centre Culturel TiArt, Paris, France;
  • 2008: Peinture peinture galerie GNG, Paris, France;
  • 2008: Pan, with composer Ruben Zahra, Ospizio, Floriana;
  • 2007: Mind the gap, Place Fontanais, Brussels;
  • 2007: Voyage, public sculpture, Woerden, Holland;
  • 2006: Open Late SSA Gallery, Gharb, Gozo;
  • 2006: Human Implementation, curated by D Ljubicic, Kulturzentrum, Konstanz, Germany;
  • 2005: Lonesome death of Hattie Carroll, National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta;
  • 2004: Messa Arcaica, ex-chiesa Santa Caterina, Lipari, Italy;
  • 2004: Dome painting , Santa Lucija Church, Gozo;
  • 2002: Let me give you what you want, San Lawrenz;
  • 2001: Recent Works, Galerie Bagnato, Konstanz, Germany;
  • 2001: Ciclo Della Madonna, paintings, Santuario Madonna delle Lacrime, Siracusa;
  • 1999: Stones, Maltese islands;
  • 1999: A happening, performance with Pierre Portelli, Valletta;
  • 1998: Sacredaustin, St.James Church, Victoria;
  • 1997: Drawings and etchings, Inguat, Guatemala City, Guatemala;
  • 1997: Recent Paintings, SAI gallery, New York, USA;
  • 1996: Playing with Fire, University of Malta, Msida;
  • 1996: Opus, etchings and engravings, Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta;
  • 1995: Un periodo di convalescenza rimasto a meta’, L’Atelier, Perugia, Italy;
  • 1994: On the Sublime, Tigrija Palazz, Victoria;
  • 1992: Works, Exhibition Hall, Ministry for Gozo, Victoria;

Selected Group Shows

  • 2017: Homo Melitensis, Maltese Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy;
  • 2017: Land of Sea, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium;
  • 2017: Artraker Bienniel Awards, Fondazzjoni Kreativita’, Valletta;
  • 2017: Presentation 3, Studio Galerie Bagnato, Konstanz , Germany;
  • 2016: The Last Horse of Oland, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden;
  • 2016: iMprint, Art..e gallery, Victoria;
  • 2015: Virtuoso, Studio 104, Valletta;
  • 2014: Startle, St James Cavalier, Valletta, Malta;
  • 2014: Made in MT, Dar Malta, Brussels, Belgium;
  • 2014: Sculptur du Sud, Villa datris, L’isle sur la Sorge, France;
  • 2014: Pan – the goat god, collaboration with Ruben Zahra, Hagar Qim temples;
  • 2014: Printcycle, Palazzo dePiro, Mdina, Malta;
  • 2014: VIVA, City Gate, Valletta, curated by R.Vella;
  • 2014: Ziguzajg, International Children’s Festival, Valletta, Malta;
  • 2014: Repubblika, Shortlist Exhibition, Concept for new image of the Republic of Malta, Museum of Archeology, Valletta, Malta;
  • 2013: Revisit, Tal-Pilar Church, Valletta;
  • 2013: Milkshake, St. James Cavalier, Centre for Creativity, Valletta, curated by Lisa Gwen;
  • 2013: Stemperando, Biennale di lavori su carta, Biblioteche Nazionali, Roma, Torino, Cosenza, organised by Verso l’Arte and Istituto Nazionale d’Arte Contemporanea;
  • 2012: Nuov, Palazzo Municipale, Nichelino, Torino;
  • 2012: 6:6, Lily Agius Gallery, Sliema, Malta;
  • 2011: Wertenbruch feat. Camilleri redux, Opus 64 galerie, Sliema, Malta;
  • 2011: 3artists/3composers, Upper galleries, St James Cavalire, Valletta, Malta;
  • 2011: I Fought the X and X won, Museum of Contemporary Art , Cluj, Romania; * 2011: Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta;
  • 2010: Mediterrenean Biennale, Palace Kherredine, Tunis;
  • 2010: Projecetd Visions, Apollonia, Strasbourg;
  • 2009: Square, Gallery 64, Valletta, Malta;
  • 2009: Itinera 3, Istituto Culturale Italiano, Valletta, Malta;
  • 2008: Eighteitheen, MCA, Marsa;
  • 2008: Scent, St John’s Cavalier, Valletta;
  • 2008: Projected Visions, Apollonia, Strasbourg, France;
  • 2007: Agorafoly Outside, Place Fontainas, Brussels, Belgium;
  • 2007: Agorafolly Inside, Centrale Electrique – European Centre for Contemporary Arts, Brussels, Belgium;
  • 2007: 6collabor8Palais Liectenstein, Feldkirch, Austria;
  • 2007: Cittadella Centre for Culture and the Arts, The Citadel, Gozo;
  • 2007: Second International Sculpture Symposium, Woerden, Holland;
  • 2007: Forbidden spectacle, National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, curated by M.Mangion;
  • 2007: 60x60x60, ISIDEM exhibition, Siracusa-Scicli-Valletta curated by Salvatore Lacagnina;
  • 2006: twenty-five years 25 artists, Middlesea House, Floriana, curated by D. Vella;
  • 2005: Going beyond the countries art- small states on uncertainstereotypes, San Marino, curated by R. Canarezza and PP Coro;
  • 2005: ®®(F) 2005àXP Global Networking Project, Memory and Identity, Montevideo, curated by Agricola de Cologne;
  • 2005: Works 10 Artists, Gallery art..e, curated by C.Cassar2005;
  • 2005: Six generations of Maltese contemporary artists, Valletta, curated by G.Glanville;
  • 2005: Blitz, Malta War Museum, Birgu, curated by R.Vella;
  • 2004: Abstract paintings in the reserve collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta;
  • 2004: Breakthrough, Grote Kerk, The Hague, Holland curated by A.Odding;
  • 2004: Caravaggio – la mostra impossibile, Caraffa Stores, Birgu;
  • 2003: START, Digital Prints exhibition in tandem with J.Elkins talk, St James Cavalier, Valletta;
  • 2003: Escape, Cittadella, Gozo, curated by A.Camilleri;
  • 2003: Borders, Valletta, curated by Start and R.Davies;
  • 2002: Cityspaces, Valletta, curated by R.Vella;
  • 2002: Uber, Portomaso, Paceville, curated by M.Mangion;
  • 2001: Malta,crossroads of civilisation, UN, Geneva,curated by D.Vella;
  • 2001: Chocolate, Streatham Common, London, UK;
  • 2001: Windsor and Newton worldwide millenium exhibition, Brussels, London, Stockholm, New York;
  • 2000: Art in Malta today, St.James Cavalier, Valletta, curated byJ.P Cassar;
  • 2000: Sacred Art in Gozo 1575-1999, Victoria, curated by J.Calleja;
  • 1999: Deheb, International Workshop on art and ecology, Beit Shemesh, Israel;
  • 1999: Biennale for Young Artists, Ex-Mattatoio, Rome, Italy;
  • 1999: Windsor and NewtonCompetition, Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta;
  • 1999: Re-interpreting Preti, National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, curated by A.Bartolo, D.Cutajar, T.Vella;
  • 1998: Mediterranea, Musee’ Botanique, Brussels, curated by Correri Casini;
  • 1997: Open Air Show, Angiers, France Ex-tempore, Hagenau, France;
  • 1997: International Salon, SAI Gallery, Broadway, New York, USA;
  • 1997: Abstraction in Malta, Mellieha, curated by Adrian Bartolo;
  • 1995: Arti Indipendenza, curated by D. Vella;
  • 1994: Sul Fiume, Pretola, Italy, curated by S. Cardinali;
  • 1993: Chiesa di S.Prospero, Perguia, Italy.

Curatorship

  • 2013: SWIM, Maritime Museum, Birgu, for the Malta International Arts Festival;
  • 2013: Dukeofedinbourghhotel Room36, The Citadel, Gozo, for Lejlet Lapsi;
  • 2012: WiccimbWicc, St James Cavalier, Valletta, for Malta International Arts Festival;
  • 2012: What it does to me, paintings, Charles Gatt, Zebbug;
  • 2011: Camilleri on paper, Art..e gallery, Gozo;
  • 2007: 6collabor8, co-curated with V Briffa and P Portelli, Palais Leichtenstein, Feldkirch, Austria;
  • 2006: Candlelight, Mario Abela and Josef Camilleri, St Augustine’s Cloister, Gozo;
  • 2004: Wistin Camilleri-maquettes, statues, sculptures, Sentinella, Victoria;
  • 2003: Escape, Old Prisons, Cittadella, Gozo;
  • 2002: Borders, co-curated with Start, Pinto Stores, Valletta;
  • 1999: Stones, Valletta, Dingli, Delimara, Xwejni – Malta;
  • 1998: Sacredaustin, St James’ Church, Victoria;

Affiliations, Workshops, Residencies

  • 2015: ongoing Founding member ISTRA foundation for Arts and research;
  • 2015: ongoing visiting lecturer, Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malta;
  • 2015: Artistic director Chorus Urbanus, Lux, CD production and launch;
  • 2014/2015: Travel Residency, Beijing, Baoding, Xian, China;
  • 2011: Towards Frugality, Architecture Workshop, Phoenicia Hotel, Floriana;
  • 2010: Workshop at the International Accademy of fine Arts , Ramallah;
  • 2008-2009: Visiting Lecturer, M.Ed Art, Faculty of Education;
  • 2007: ISIDEM project, Scicli and Siracusa, Italy;
  • 2007, 2008: Production Design for Ggantija Awaken, Ggantija, Gozo;
  • 2006- 2009: Co-founder of Fundazzjoni Ta’ Klula;
  • 2002-2006: Co-founder of StART, a group of contemporary artists working together to advocate change in local cultural policy;
  • 2005, 2006, 2007: Production Design for Carols by Candlelight;
  • 1999: First Art and Ecology Conference, Jerusalem, Israel;
  • 1999: Founder of 356, a multicultural association for the production of contemporary projects
  • 1999: Director, Perfect, NCS theatre;
  • 1998: Set Designer, La Gioconda, Astra Theatre;
  • 1991: Set Designer, Nabucco, Astra Theatre.

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