WiN transposes the concept of the lottery with a personal and human experience: the loss of the artist’s mother, Rose Schembri (1958 – 2015). Spectators are encouraged to try to open with keys the fifty-seven (57) wooden boxes presented, each holding an item that belonged to the artist’s late mother. After the son-artist carefully selected each object, he covered them with gold leaf, to point out their metaphoric preciousness.
The number of personal belongings placed in the boxes – fifty-seven (57) – is significant, echoing the late mother’s age when she passed away and opening up to a directive and immersive relation with the works. Offering these objects as prizes will serve as a catalyst for the artist to move on from this episode, while active participators will give the items a new life, generating new synergies and stories. This private memory will therefore become a collective experience.
Curator: Dr Irene Biolchini
Artist: Matthew Schembri
Venue: Space A, Spazju Kreattiv
Dates: Friday 23rd March – Sunday 22nd April
Tuesday to Friday (09:00-21:00)
Saturday & Sunday (10:00-21:00)