“Decade Defying Rape Culture: Xewka F’Qalbi Xewka F’Sormi Exhibition”

"Decade Defying Rape Culture: Xewka F’Qalbi Xewka F’Sormi Exhibition"
Nov 19 2023 Share

Xewka F’Qalbi Xewka F’Sormi is a collective exhibition celebrating 10 years of the Women’s Rights Foundation. Curated by Rachelle Deguara and developed conceptually with Emma Agius, the exhibition features twelve different artists exploring the subject of rape culture, a culture which normalises or trivialises sexual assault or/and abuse.

Xewka F’Qalbi Xewka F’Sormi is a collective exhibition by Emma Agius, Isaac Bezzina, Silke Debanant, Nicole Sciberras Debono, Nik Ebejer, Saaqia, Claire Farrugia, Shanice Farrugia, Robin Cassar Fiott, Sam Vassallo Francesca Zammit and X.

It takes place at Rosa Kwir, a gallery space focusing on an archive revolving around alternative notions of masculinity, the exhibition is accompanied by panel discussions, artist talks, and performative events with performance art acts and music.

When approached by artist/curator Rachelle Deguara, the artist had several discussions on Rape Culture in Malta, and through various artistic mediums, conceptually the artists created and/or adapted work incited from the conversations.

Addressing the topic of rape culture is undoubtedly a challenging task, both in terms of understanding and visual representation. Rape exposes the enduring inequality present in our society, as well as in others. It is an act rooted in power and control, disproportionately affecting women and girls. The survivors of rape carry deep wounds and trauma, often hidden due to the shame associated with the experience.

The name, Xewka f’Qalbi Xewka f’Sormi, originated from the weekly discussions that Emma and Rachelle Deguara have had since April. During these conversations, they explored her sketches and contemplated the similarities between their intricate details and thorns. It was during one of these discussions that Emma mentioned the sexual abuse happening on the day of the Lady of Sorrows. During the later meetings, Rachelle and Emma then delved deeper into the aftermath of the abuse and Emma’s desired state of mind. They together explored how art can be a means of healing and how this healing process may manifest in the work you’ll be beholding tonight. The discussions shifted from the aftermath of personal trauma to a broader societal perspective, where they envision a world where such pain no longer holds power over them and becomes a mere inconvenience, akin to a thorn on one’s side.

The exhibition aims to challenge societal attitudes and encourages conversation about rape culture locally, in the light of the work done by the Women’s Rights Foundation for the cause, while encouraging discussions about consent and the need for education and prevention. Xewka F’Qalbi Xewka F’Sormi is a space where diversity of experience gets explored with compassion.

Trigger Warning: the exhibition content may be disturbing.

Opening hours:

Friday 17th November 17:00 – 21:00 Event – https://shorturl.at/ftxDF

Sat 18th November 09:00 – 13:00 and 17:00 – 21:00

Sun 19th November 15:00 – 21:00 – “Hawn dan ir-ritratt t’ommi bit-tbenġil f’wiċċa” GĦMU event Event: https://fb.me/e/5REh4NBJB

Wednesday 22nd 17:00 – 21:00

Thursday 23rd November 17:00 – 21:00

Friday 24th November 17:00 – 21:00

Saturday 25th November 09:00 – 13:00 and 17:00 – 21:00

Sunday 26th November 17:00 – 21:00 – “Performative event + open mic” in collaboration with Inizjamed and GħMU

Tuesday 28th November 17:00 Onwards – Not If, But When. Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/356109390125848


Rapper Lil Tjay Performs In Havana Club, Malta

Rapper Lil Tjay Performs In Havana Club, Malta
Nov 19 2023 Share

Last night saw American rapper and singer Lil Tjay perform at Havana Club, Paceville, with fans flocking to see the artist live and singalong to some of his well-known tracks. 

Rising to prominence in 2017 with his sing ‘Resume’, Tione Jayden Merritt, professionally known as Lil Tjay, continued to make waves in the music scene after his breakthrough song ‘Brothers’ led to him signing with Columbia Records later that same year. 


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The 22 year old rapper took to the iconic HipHop & RnB club in Malta’s Entertainment Mecca, greeting fans who were ready to experience the songs live and maybe get to meet the rapper himself.


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Boxing Match In Aid Of Puttinu Cares: The Barber Rumble

Boxing Match In Aid Of Puttinu Cares: The Barber Rumble
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A boxing match between friends who meet at the barber’s have decided to organise a boxing match in aid of Puttinu Cares. 

Starting off as a joke between friends who met at Aaron’s Barber Shop (owned by Aaron Sammut), the idea quickly developed to become a fundraiser to help many children battling serious diseases like cancer.

With the NGO Puttinu Cares’ support, the matches will be taking place at the Wise Guys Boxing and Intense Fitness Gym, Buġibba. 

Despite not being professional boxers, the friends attended basic training lessons to prepare for the event. With 5 separate matches planned, all proceeds will be going to the locally beloved charity. 

You can follow the event through livestreams being broadcasted at boxinghypetv. 


Maltese Boxer Makes It To European Championship Finals

Maltese Boxer Makes It To European Championship Finals
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Maltese boxer Gail Diacono has qualified for the IBA Under 22 European Championship Finals after beating her opponent from Armenia, Song Harutynyan. 

Competing at the European Boxing Confederation Championships in Montenegro, Gail will now be facing a Russian opponent on Sunday 19th. 

The EUBC is Europe’s governing body when it comes to amateur boxing, and Gail has just secured a silver medal for herself and ‘my Malta’. However, Gail’s sights are still on gold. 

Gail thanked her coach Roland Sammut for all ‘his patience to get to this point. I would also like to thank head coach Gabriele Martelli for his support and all those who supported me.’