A photobook inspired by the personal stories of a woman who is 102 years old.

Giola Cassar Culture June 11, 2019 at 10:14 am
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Project Description

‘Tessie’ is a photobook inspired by the personal stories of a woman who is 102 years old. Page by page, portrait by portrait, one is drawn into a biographical collage that spans more than a century. It is a photographic narrative accompanied by textual fragments. Tessie is here both the storyteller and the embodiment of all the places, objects and people she tells about. The book is over 100 pages of carefully constructed sequences of original and found imagery; delicate portraits dialogue with composites from old family albums. It all unfolds from close ups of jewellery that have been passed down within the family. Throughout the book a bilingual text runs parallel to the visuals.

This project is supported by Arts Council Malta – Malta Arts Fund, and in collaboration with Glen Calleja and Adrian Gauci

Who is the team behind ‘Tessie’? 

Giola Cassar is a freelance photographer based in Malta. Her work aims to explore the themes of identity and memory, continually questioning who we are to ourselves and to others. Giola is also co-founder of Studio Solipsis and lecturer at the Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology.

Glen Calleja  is a Maltese writer and book artist.  His work often involves found content, alternative book structures and performative elements.  Glen runs Kotba Calleja, is co-founder of Studio Solipsis and is the chairperson of the Hub for Excellence in the Literary Arts (HELA)

Adrian Gauci is a graphic designer, illustrator, and avid list-maker from Malta inspired by science, history, technical drawing and Lego

What will the funds collected cover? 

The funds will make possible for us to print and produce the photo book and prints. The book entitled ‘Tessie’ will be an (approximately) 150 page photo book, handmade and bilingual (Maltese and English)

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