Austin Camilleri’s sculpture, Rosary is exhibited in CHAPTER H – RELIGIOUS OBJECTS
Austin Camilleri (b. 1972) is an artist and curator working simultaneously and non-hierarchically in painting, installation, drawing, video, and sculpture. His work has been widely exhibited in solo and group shows in Europe, the Americas, North Africa, and Asia, and he has represented Malta in major shows, winning awards. His process-driven interest led him to establish 356. He is a founding member of StArt, Fundazzjoni Klula, and ISTRA Foundation, and creates interdisciplinary events, often working with authors, composers, actors, and choreographers, together or separately. He is a visiting lecturer at the Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta, and has designed sets for opera and theatre. Camilleri lives in Gozo and works between Malta and Italy.
Austin Camilleri, Rosary, 2002, cast aluminium, 300 cm long. Camilleri’s large flexible sculpture replaces the traditional beads on rosaries with crying babies’ heads. Religious pageantry is reinterpreted as a production chain of displaced bodies that could easily be read today as the countless ‘lost’ children of the wars that have rendered hundreds of thousands of people homeless, orphans, unemployed, and so on.