In celebration of Malta’s capital city of Valletta and its recognition as the 2018 European Capital of Culture, the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library’s (HMML’s) Malta Study Center is hosting an exhibition that illustrates how the city and its people have changed over the last decade.
Award-winning, international photographer Stephen Busuttil, has created a ten-year photographic retrospective of Valletta, depicting how this tiny island nation in the Mediterranean has changed religiously, culturally, and socially in response to unprecedented globalization.
The timeframe chosen reflects his initial award-winning study of Valletta in 2008. The original study was based on a twenty-four-hour photographic journey in the city, where one photo was taken each hour to visually document the city’s life.
Ten years later, Dr. Daniel K. Gullo, Joseph S. Micallef curator of HMML’s Malta Study Center, asked Busuttil to reprise this study based on the rapid changes the city has undergone since joining the European Union in 2004. “While we see the continuing traditions particular to the Catholic heritage of the Maltese islands, including the feasts of saints (festa) and carnival, the influence of Europe, and the wider world have left its mark on Valletta through increased tourism and globalization,” said Gullo.
The exhibition will take place during the European Union Delegation to the USA EU Open House, May 12-25 at the U.S. Embassy to Malta in Washington, DC as part of the EU’s Delegation European Month of Culture.
HMML’s Malta Study Center was established in 1973 by the Honorary Consul General of Malta-St. Paul/Minneapolis, Joseph S. Micallef, KMOb UOM. The Center preserves and makes accessible the written culture of Malta and the Sovereign Military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes, and of Malta (also known as the Order of Malta) through its extensive microfilm and digital manuscript collections. As part of its mission, the Center promotes the cultural heritage of Malta and the Order of Malta through seminars, exhibitions, and publications.
Valletta city and people is a project endorsed by the Valletta 2018 Foundation
For more information contact:
Dr. Daniel Gullo
Joseph S. Micallef curator of the Malta Study Center
Hill Museum & Manuscript Library