No Man's Land
Kristina Borg employs an interdisciplinary artistic practice that focuses on socio-political issues in urban-collective spaces. Her research strives to create projects involving experiential processes through which she seeks to relate and enter into direct dialogue with the community and/or the place. Currently works as a freelance artist and art educator and collaborates in a number of projects as curator, exhibition designer and project manager.
During the residency, Borg worked on a series of prints that illustrated her upcoming book publication, featuring a narrative that forms part of the long-term project No Man’s Land. This book publication is indeed a continuation of No Man’s Land—a project that was commissioned as part of the exhibition ‘Dal-Baħar Madwarha’ (The Island is what the Sea Surrounds), curated by Maren Richter for Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018. The project questioned the accessibility to the seashore in Malta’s central harbour areas.
The final work included an on-site experience at sea: performative electric-boat trips during which a narrative, written by Borg herself, was interpreted live by a performer. The narrative includes a mix of fantasy and reality, and finds inspiration in a number of conversations held with the locals. The next phase of this long-term project is to publish the narrative in book format. This will, on the one hand, give the stories back to the communities, and, on the other hand, it will activate and continue a public debate on the contested terms and spaces presented in the narrative. The series of prints done at ´ace will accompany and illustrate these stories.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kristina Borg is a freelance visual and socially engaged artist and an art educator/lecturer. In her interdisciplinary research-practice she spends time integrating into specific communities and devotes her attention to relationships between people. In dialogue with the community and/or the place, her work focuses on the creation of projects that involve experiential processes relating to socio-political issues in urban-collective spaces.
Kristina is currently leading an artistic community project in collaboration with the University of Malta as part of the European project AMASS – Acting on the Margins: Arts as Social Sculpture, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. As part of the Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture programme, Kristina managed the community project Naqsam il-MUŻA – with the goal of connecting the local communities to the national art collection. She was also one of the participating artists of the Dal-Baħar Madwarha (The island is what the sea surrounds) exhibition, the major visual arts exhibition of the Valletta 2018 programme.
Her works have been exhibited in Malta, Milan, Salerno, Perugia, Munich, Dusseldorf, Vienna, Vorarlberg, Leeuwarden, Haarlem, Brussels, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. In 2014 Kristina placed first in the 3rd edition of Divergent Thinkers-Malta. In 2020 her collaborative project Nimxu Mixja (Let’s take a walk) was awarded Arts Council Malta’s Premju għall-Arti (Art Award) as ‘Best project in the community’ and nominated as ‘Best work for young audiences’. She is also a fellow of the Salzburg Global Forum after being selected to participate as a Maltese representative in the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators in 2017.
1987, Santa Venera, Malta.
She earned a Master’s degree in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies from NABA, Milan.
Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from University of Malta.
Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Museum Fortress Builders. Valletta, Malta.
2018 | Valletta European Capital of Culture. Malta.
Federico Bianchi Contemporary Art Gallery. Milan, Italy.
Nieuwe Vide. Haarlem, Netherlands.
Park Towers Supermarket. St Venera, Malta.
Spazju Kreattiv. Valletta, Malta.
Vienna Secession. Austria.
Munchner Kunstlerhaus. Munich, Germany.
Divergent Thinkers III. Malta.
Fundación´ace. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
La Monnaie/De Munt. Brussels, Belgium.
Salzburg Global Seminar, Young Cultural Innovators Forum. Salzburg, Austria.
KulturKontakt Austria, with Austrian Federal Chancellery. Vienna, Austria.
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Virginia, USA.
No Man’s Land
Thanks to the support of the Malta Arts Council and Cultural Export Fund of Malta, we received Kristina Borg as an artist in residence. Kristina made a Production Residency, during which she produced the graphic pieces that will accompany a book linked to her work No Man’s Land.
Kristina Borg employs an interdisciplinary artistic practice that focuses on socio-political issues in urban-collective spaces. Her research strives to create projects involving experiential processes through which she seeks to relate and enter into direct dialogue with the community and/or the place.
Portraits / Self-Portraits
Artists in dialogue
On October 16th, 2019, the group exhibitions Self-portraits 10 and Portraits/Self-portraits/Self-referentiality were inaugurated together with No Man’s Land (by Kristina Borg) and the finissage of White Noise II (by Constanza Abete).
The international Self-Portraits project opened with the presence of Joseph Scheer, co-director of the Institute of Electronic Arts (IEA) of Alfred University and Aodi Liang, Associate Researcher of the same university. Both traveled to Buenos Aires to carry out different activities, including a conference within the framework of the Master of Electronic Arts at UNTREF (Scheer) and an artistic residency at Proyecto´ace (Liang). The Self-Portraits project is an international collection of graphic work developed under the direction of Alicia Candiani, whose original idea was to bring together artists from different cultures to visually explore the theoretically complex problems of self-representation as an expression of identity.
Through an open call, Fundación´ace invited Argentinean and Latin American artists and creators to submit short video pieces under the theme self-portrait, portrait and self-referentiality to participate in the exhibition PORTRAITS / SELF-PORTRAITS that opened on the 16th October 2019. The curatorship and selection of the works was in charge of Daniela Ruiz Moreno, and the video pieces were exhibited in dialogue with graphic pieces from the 10th edition of the Self-Portraits project.
The residency project for Kristina Borg (Malta): No Man’s Land was also inaugurated. Kristina participated in a Production Residency, during which she produced the graphic pieces that will accompany a book related to her work No Man’s Land, and that she exhibited at the ´aceNITE in October 2019.
During the same event, the exhibition of Constanza Abete’s Ruido Blanco II was closed, consisting of an installation of plaster masks and amplified sound.
Self-Portrait International Project
Joseph Scheer | Andrew Deutsch
Myles Calvert | William Contino | Judy Livingston
Aodi Lang | Matthew Underwood | Polina Arteev
Jennifer Brice | Carolynn Fridley | Sage González-Velázquez
Clare Mattilio | Jennifer Mcnutt |Brittany Winans
Valerie Driscoll (Ireland)
Portraits/ Self-Portraits Open Call
Curator: Daniela Ruiz Moreno
Agustina Lapenda | Alejandro Thornton | Ana Maria Mattioli | Andrea González | Ariel Zajac | Catalina Bunge | Daira Cañete | Gabriel Sasambiarrena | Guillermo Zabaleta | Jose Ulloa Acosta | Juan Pablo Ferlat | Juan Urrutia | Julieta Tarraubella | Laura Focarazzo | Maria Jose Cisneros | Mariana Oliveria | Paulina Soto Cisternas | Silvana Camors
Encounters, Together Apart
Kristina Borg, Maltese artist and educator, uses participatory practices to tackle issues of space and society, communities and neighborhoods. In her interdisciplinary research-practice she spends time integrating into specific communities and devotes her attention to relationships between people. In dialogue with the community and/or the place, her work focuses on the creation of projects that involve experiential processes relating to socio-political issues in urban-collective spaces.
On February 17, as part of Together Apart — FRONTIER (cohort in English), we invited Kristina Borg as a guest speaker in dialogue with Andrés Knob and the artists of the cohort. The Maltese artist spoke about her project “No Man’s Land” emphasizing how the concept of border can be materialized in different ways and using various artistic languages.
Kristina Borg is part of the international community of ´ace, having been an artist in residence in 2019. During her residency here she developed a series of photolithography images that later became part of the edition of her book “Imkejjen u Rkejjen “.
A freelance visual and socially engaged artist, a space-maker and an art educator/lecturer.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from the University of Malta (2009) and a Master’s degree in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies from the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan (2015).