Women awake & Named

It was part of
«Constellation Malta»

12/10 — 09/12 2018

Curator Rosa Martínez,

in various heritatge sites of Malta,

Press release

The project «Constellation Malta» proposes a series of artistic interventions throughout the geography of the Maltese archipelago with the desire of creating fruitful dialogues between historical heritage, popular culture and contemporary art. I participated with three pieces:

Women awake

«Women awake» is the embroidered representation of Hipogeo Hal Saflieni, which is one of the oldest temples in Europe as well as the only subterranean one. It is a labyrinth of decorated chambres with large coils of ochre, which, with intermittent light, give the effect of the movement of dancing spirals. It was in this temple that archeologists discovered a figurine known as the Sleeping Lady, a woman in a prehistoric cot. In my own representation, in the corresponding location where the Sleeping Lady was discovered, I embroidered a shape with 24 carat golden thread: a small gem of light to wake this woman (as well the rest of us).

In the National Archeological Museum of Malta in Constellation Malta, the piece was placed directly in front of the Sleeping Lady.

163x188 cm

The piece installed in the National Archeological Museum of Malta. Piece detail. Piece detail.


The Neolithic Maltese peoples sculpted the majority of their anthropomorphic figures without sexual features. This is a new prehistoric paradigm that shows us new ways to understand gender in the past. My eight pieces from Named are embroidered representations of selection of these figures in which I have embroidered non-binary names on the inverse side of the fabric. With this my aim is to remark on the illegibility of the past and the ways in which we create subjective constructs about it according to our beliefs.

In Constellation Malta these items were placed within glass cases in the National Archeological Museum, being exhibited alongside their original pieces.

15x11cm each one

One of the pieces installed in the National Archeological Museum of Malta. One of the pieces installed in the National Archeological Museum of Malta. One of the pieces installed in the National Archeological Museum of Malta.

267 grandmothers

This piece was exhibited in the Ta'Kola Windmill Museum, positioned on top of a bed and beneath a hanging cradle, as if to look after it.

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The piece installed in the Ta'Kola Windmill Museum of Malta.
Read here about the music work of Jennifer Berezan in the Hypogeum at Hal Saflieni of Malta.