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Adrian Abela: Nebula and Gentes

February 10, 2023 6:00 pm

Nebula and Gentes were initially made for an extensive installation called CHARTI and exhibited in 2016. Nebula was also shown as part of the Malta Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017. The videos were recorded on Malta and Gozo over three summers starting in 2014. The work revolved around the rituals that the inhabitants of the islands would perform as part of catholic festivals that celebrate the saint of the town or village. Nebula is compromised of footage of fireworks which would normally indicate the initiation of the rituals and their closure. It was filmed with the intention of accessing an essence rather than an aesthetic of an identity. Gentes, on the other hand, records other aspects of these rituals and the people that perform them.