b. Malta 1989
Based in Malta
Umberto Buttigieg is an art practitioner, researcher and curator. His practice is interdisciplinary and includes photo manipulation, collage, pastiche, video art, performance and installations. Areas of special interest include art as it intersects with daily life routines, mundane rituals, social issues, politics and the fusion of collective memory and contemporary trends. Buttigieg has co-curated and exhibited in numerous collective and collaborative exhibitions and events. His projects are interdisciplinary and inter-textual, fusing together research, practice and curation.
Buttigieg is a founding member and Board Secretary of the Gabriel Caruana Foundation and presently curates exhibitions and projects at the Mill, Arts, Culture and Crafts Centre in Birkirkara on behalf of Gabriel Caruana who is the Honourary Director of the Foundation. He was also co-founder of dissemiNation, a group of six international young artists based in Brighton, U.K.
Buttigieg earned a Masters of Arts in Fine Art (2013) with distinction at the University of Brighton. He focused on Performance and Video Art in his practice, researching on the performing body in Ritualistic Art and repetitive practices. He read for a B.A.(Hons) Degree in History of Art at the University of Malta (2010), presenting a dissertation on Post-War Modernist Tendencies and the Birth of Conceptual, Minimal and Video Art in Malta.
MA Fine Art, University of Brighton, UK
BA(Hons) History of Art, University of Malta
Ejjew Nitolbu, 27, Palm Street, for 'Lejlet Lapsi', Victoria, Malta
Searching Brahman, 27, Palm Street, for 'Lejlet Lapsi', Victoria, Malta
Inhobbok (i love you), collaborative exhibition, Spazju Kreattiv- St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta
A Dining Room, collaborative performance- Relational Art project, Art..e Gallery, Victoria, Malta
Divergent Thinkers 04, a collective exhibition as part of VIVA (Valletta International Visual Arts Festival) curated by Raphael Vella, Spazju Kreattiv- St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta
/ru;t/, collective exhibition, Malta Maritime Museum, Birgu, Malta
Selfie, collective exhibition, Studio 104, Valletta, Malta
Divergent Thinkers 03, a collective exhibition as part of VIVA (Valletta International Visual Arts Festival) curated by Raphael Vella, BLITZ, Valletta, Malta
Etkenlik, a collective video screening event as part of which dissemiNation showed 'HOME: documentation of a journey across the Ledra crossing point', Efruz, Cyprus (north)
HOME: A collective exhibition curated by dissemiNation, The Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum, Cyprus (south)
Heart of Gozo: Scenes of an Island, collective exhibition, Il-Hagar-Heart of Gozo, Victoria, Gozo
Drained, a collective exhibition by 'dissemiNation', Gallery40, Brighton, U.K.
MAFA'13, end of course show- collective exhibition,Grand Parade, University of Brighton, U.K
East is East, West is West, collaborative exhibition, Grand Parade, University of Brighton, U.K
Sacred Art Biennale II, group exhibition, Victoria, Gozo, Malta
Interim, MA Fine Art full-timers exhibition, Grand Parade, University of Brighton, U.K.
And What Remains..., collaborative exhibition, Grand Parade, University of Brighton, U.K
Religionis Violenta - collective exhibition curated by KGB-Projects, London West Bank Gallery, London, U.K.
iconoKLASTI, collaborative exhibition, Victoria, Gozo, Malta
Silver Palette Art Exhibition, collective exhibition by the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Valletta, Malta
Sacred Art Biennale , collective exhibition, Victoria, Gozo, Malta
Wied Hursun, collective exhibition by the History of Art Department -University of Malta, Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta
VISTA, group exhibition around several locations in Victoria, Gozo, Malta
Events & Projects
Curator of 'Kreaturi', the main exhibition of the 2017 Ziguzajg Festival at Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta (November 2017)
Curator of 'Art to Ware', a collective exhibition as part of Buongiorno Ceramica festival, The Mill Arts, Culture and Crafts Centre (MACCC), Birkirkara (June 2017) 'Three
Curator of 'Three Perfect Things' exhibition by He Ping at the Mill Arts, Culture and Crafts Centre, Birkirkara, as part of the third edition of the Valletta International Visual Arts (VIVA) festival organized by Fondazzjioni Kreattivita (January- May 2017)
Ghost writer for the former President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, for the forward of the exhibition catalog of "In the light of...Malta", the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union exhibition at the European Parliament in Brussels (November 2016)
Curator of 'De-Form|Re-Form', a collective exhibition as part of Buongiorno Ceramica festival, The Mill Arts, Culture and Crafts Centre (MACCC), Birkirkara (June 2016)
'A Dining Room', A relational art project involving social media and public participation (January- October 2015)
Project Co-ordinator of 'Bl-ohla dawl libbist' by artist Austin Camilleri, the winning proposal of the open call for the design of a monument to the Republic (April- June 2014)
'HOME: documentation of a journey across the Ledra point', A Happening starting rom The Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum across the Ledra Crosing Point towards Efruz, Nicosia, Cyprus (8th March 2014)
'All in vain', 1.30 hour Live Performance at Gallery 40, Brighton (1st October 2013)
'I will be Whiter than Snow', Live Performance at the University of Brighton (25th -27th June 2013)
'Lead us not into Temptation', Live performance at the University of Brighton (29th January 2013)
'Lead us not into Temptation', Documented performance in an Underground Mausoleum, Capuchins Church, Kapuccini, Malta (5th January 2013)
Front Cover, 'Hafna Hajjiet, Hafna Mghallmin' : The Maltese Translation of Dr Brain Weiss's best-seller 'Many Lives, Many Masters' (July 2011)
'Innocence lost', Happening at the Hursun Valley, Malta (January 2011)
'Morte-Morphosis', Happening at Marsalforn Valley, Malta (December 2010)
'Wailing Walls', Installation Intervention at the old entrance Gate to a small fortified city: The Citadel, Malta (November 2010)