Norbert Francis Attard
Born in Malta in 1951. Works from the sister island of Gozo (Malta) and Berlin (Germany)
Norbert Francis Attard started as a self-taught painter and graphic artist before turning to installation art in 1998. He graduated in Architecture from the University of Malta in 1977, practicing the profession as architect for twenty years until 1996. He lived in Germany in 1978 / 1979 working with the firm ‘Licht in Raum’, directed by Johannes Dinnebier, one of Germany’s pioneers in light design.
Attard now focuses on a contemporary art practice that incorporates architecture, sculpture, photography, video and installation, to explore his major interests in places and their memories. He blurs the boundaries of these disciplines to incorporate the irreducible physicality of sites, and to explore their sedimented multiple layers of memory, treating them as a product of place, of social interaction, and as a generative process.
Exhibited internationally: Maifesta 9, Genk, Belgium (2012); Beaufort 04, De Panne, Belgium (2012); Meridian/Urban Project, Berlin, Germany (2011); Galeria Nuble, Santander, Spain (2011); OSTRALE 011, Dresden, Germany; I-Park, Connetticut, USA (2011); 5th Biennial VentoSul, Curitiba, Brazil (2009); 25th Alexandria Biennial, Egypt (2009); CUBE OPEN, Manchester, UK (2009); 2nd Bienal de Canarias, Canary Islands (2009); INHABIT 09, Brisbane, Australia (2009); Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK. (2008); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2008); INTRUDE 366, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China (2008); 3rd Echigo Tsumari Triennale, Japan, (2006); Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2005); Casoria Museum of Contemporary Art, Naples, Italy (2005); ARTIADE, Athens, Greece (2004); 8th Havana Biennale (2003); Macedonia Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece (2003); 2nd Liverpool Biennale (2002); Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland (2002); FLOATING LAND, Noosa, Australia (2001); DIASPORA, Oviedo, Spain (1998), amongst others.
Represented Malta in the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999.
He is a founding member of stART (2002) - a group of Maltese contemporary artists; a committee member of the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts (2002-2005) and currently director of GOZOcontemporary since 2001 - an art space, offering self-directed residencies to international and local artists, on the island of Gozo.
I have always been interested in ‘place’ and the memory of sites. Perhaps because I was born in an island where the archaeological centres of historical gravity were megalithic ruins, and some of the oldest freestanding sculptural buildings in the world, and perhaps also because I also worked as an architect, I have been acutely conscious of the a-neutrality of places, our awareness of those spaces, and the changing histories of perception of these places. This includes also my attempt to create balance and harmony through inter-relatedness of contradictory themes. No location is neutral, and our sense of place is always somewhat shaped by past histories and contemporary ideologies. Consequently, audiences as viewers and interlocutors are critical to my work.
All artists are the product of their cultural environments. In my case the key themes may perhaps be traced to my cultural roots in Malta, a Catholic/secular island at the edges of Europe and North Africa. Some of the oppositions are religion(s)/secularism, law versus justice, the relationship between land and sea, polarization of political parties, the attachments to (often ephemeral) things as emotional anchors, inside versus outside, public/private, the separation and opposition of the senses and their fusing through the (Maltese) festa, etc. – in short the exhausting engagement of dualities.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCIES
Elsewhere Colaboratve, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Amherst, Virginia, USA.
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland.
Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK.
Europos Parkas, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Taipei Artists Village, Taipei, Taiwan.
Kamiyama Artist-in Residence (KAIR) Kamiyama - cho, Tokushima Pref., Japan.
The Floating Land, International Site Specific Art Laboratory Noosa, Queensland, Australia.
Nominated for the Cool Siicon Art Award, Dresden, Germany.
Citta di Firenze Prize, 2nd Biennale di Firenze, Florence, Italy.
Diploma of Excellence Masks in Venice, Palazzo Correr, Venice, Italy, 1998.
1st Prize, Gold Medal, Most Talented Artists,
Art Addiction International Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.
1st Prize in the annual Vote a Stamp referendum, organised by the Malta Philathelic Society.
2nd Prize, Concorso Internazionale d’Arte, Marco Pacuvio, Brindisi, Italy.
Primo Premio di Ricordo, Concorso Internazionale d’Arte, Palazzo Sforzesco, Milano, Italy.
1972 1974 1975
1st Prize, Malta International Trade Fair Poster Competition, Naxxar, Malta
2nd Prize for Painting, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta, Malta.
Third Prize for Poster, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta, Malta.
1st Prize, Commonwealth Countries Art Competition, London, England.
1st Prize (together with Marco Cremona), Bank of Alderney Art Competition, Valletta, Malta.
SELECTED BIOGRAPHY POST 1996
Skyrocket exhibition catalogue, text by Paul Sant Cassia and Nikki Petroni.
Cool silicon Art Award, exhibition catalogue, text by Martin Muller.
Beaufort 04, exhibition catalogue.
Schlachthof, die Funfte, Brigit Grimm and Christian Dittmar, Sachsische Zeitug, 1 July.
Bomba, exhibition catalogue, Paul Sant Cassia, Galeria Nuble, Santander, Spain.
40 stools from 40 countries, exhibition catalogue, Teilmobliert, Dusseldorf, Germany, pp.46,47.
Watou Art Festival exhibition catalogue.
Ostrale 011, exhibition catalogue.
Berlin Laughter Project, exhibition catalogue. Text by Orlando Britto Jinorio
Urban/Meridian published by by Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany.
Changing Spaces, Sandra Aquilina, Sunday Circle magazine, June 2010.
Thanatopolis exhibition catalogue, pp 6,7.
Kunst am stillen Ortchen: Toilettennubau in Valletta (M), Claudia Hildner, Metamorphose, issue 03/10.
Art Video, Regards Projete, exhibition catalogue, Vince Briffa.
V, exhibition catalogue, Petra Bianchi and Peter Serracino Inglott.
Ruhr Atoll exhibition catalogue, Norbert Bauer, Essen, Germany.
Here, There and Everywhere: Anticipating the Art of the Future, exhibition catalogue, Part IV: People,
TransCultural Exchange, Boston, USA.
Architecture as canvas, Richard England, Homeworks magazine, issue 35, Feb 09.
Coexistences, exhibition catalogue. 2nd Bienal de Gran Canarias, Text by Orlandio Britto Jinorio
Aftermath, exhibition catalogue, 25th Alexandria Biennial, text by Mohamed Abouelnaga.
5th Vent0Sul Biennial, exhibition catalogue.
Intrude 366: Art and Life, Issue 09, August 26th 2008, exhibition catalogue.
Paradise Revealed, re-animation of place, exhibition catalogue, text by Martin Herbert and Christine Gist.
a-n magazine, reviews: Paradise Revealed:re-animation of place, text by Emily Candela, July/Aug 2008.
Time, landscape and response - a conversation with Norbert Attard, Chris Miller,
Landscape Outlook magazine, issue 32, Sydney, Australia.
Maltese festa welcomes Irish modern art lovers, Clare Carswell, The Sunday Times, August 31.
A matter of Identity, Cristina Dolores The Times, October 3rd.
Re-branding Malta, Lisa Gwen Baldacchino, The Weekender, The Times, November 1.
50 mugshots at City Gate, Tony Cassar Darien, The Weekender, The Times, October 4.
Cross-Currents, critical essays on art and culture in Malta, edited by Raphael Vella.
Arrivals: Art from a New Europe. published by Modern Art Oxford and Turner Contemporary, UK. pp. 196, 198-201.
Video part of something bigger, Jonathan Wright, ABC Goulburn Murray,
http://www.abc.net.au/goulburnmurray/stories/s1976991.htm, Albury, Australia.
Norbert Attard’s Stone Pier, www.turneroundmargate.com, 11 March.
Harbour seen in a new light for celebration, Chris Denham, Thanet Extra, 23 March.
The drive for perfection, by Daphne Caruana Galizia, Flair magazine, Dec issue 07.
The Exhausted Body, exhibition catalogue, Texts by Mario Azzopardi and
Margarita Sanchez Prieto. Published by Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan.
3rd Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale exhibition catalogue, pp. 87, 258.published by Front Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
Twenty -five years/25 artists, Text by Dennis Vella, Exhibition catalogue published by Middle Sea House, Floriana, Malta.
Music and Art: Ian Boddy, Sound on Sound magazine, U.K., February Issue.
Taipei Artist Village, Annual catalogue, p.40.
Blitz, Exhibition catalogue, Introductory Text by Michael J. Mumford.
2005 World Calligraphy 5th.Biennale of Jeollabuk-do, Exhibition catalogue, p.72.
Kamiyama Artist in Residency, Exhibition catalogue, Introduction by Masaki Mori,Text by Aomi Okabe.
Global Art, Helena Gagureeva, Viatico magazine, No.36, Casoria Museum of Contemporary Art, Naples, Italy, 2005.
A late summer hotbed of art, Susan Kenzulak, www.en.pots.com.tw,, Sept.,2005.
Top Maltese Art Export, Michael J. Mumford, The Sunday Times, 15 May 2005.
100 Artists for a Museum, exhibition catalogue, pp. 24,25.61, Casoria International Contemporary Art Museum.
Go East, Stanley Borg, Grip, the MIA flight magazine, May/June issue, 2005, p.17.
Paths of Europe, exhibition catalogue, pp.76-81 and pp.110-111, published by Apollonia, Strasbourg.
Blitz, and the gap between art and life, Vicky Spiteri, The Sunday Times, 24 April 2005.
Design, AF Sign Studio publication, pp. 262-265.
Four artistic statements by Norbert Francis Attard, Tereza de Arruda, The Sunday Times, Malta, Sept.19.
A Liberated Artist, Michael J.Mumford, Homeworks, magazine issue 8.04, pp. 26-33.
Gazet’Art Magazine, SEECAN South-East European Contempory Art. No.2, pp.1, 20.
Kaohsiung strives for Art, Chinese Art News, 1/2004, magazine issue No.72.
Art and more contained within, Susan Kendzulak, Tapei Times, January 2004, p.19.
Installation Art in Malta, Mario Azzopardi, Kultura 21, February 2004, pp.15,16.
I left my art in Kamiyama, Martin O’Brien, Awa Life magazine, December 2004.
Kaohsiung International Container Arts Festival Exhibition catalogue, pp.78, 79.
City Spaces, exhibition catalogue, Text by Raphael Vella.
Bienal Adentro, Carina Pino-Santos, La Jiribilla, Havana, Cuba, No.131, 2003.
Where dollars speak louder than protest, Jason Edward Kaufman, The Art Newspaper, No.142, Dec. 2003, p. 27.
Escape, exhibition catalogue, Austin Camilleri
Norbert Francis Attard - Palestrina and Hell, exhibition catalogue, Kulturreferates der Stadt Feldkirch, Austria.
Nicht von dieser Welt, Ariane Grubner, Voralberger Nachrichten, 28 May 2003.
Norbert Francis Attard: Palestrina and Hell, Interview by Eva Jacob, Anzeiger, 22 May 2003.
Feldkirch-im Banne der Kunst, Ulrike Breit, Kultur, Neue Voralberger Tageszeitung, 30 May 2003.
100 Contemporary Artists, Volume 1, World of Art Books, Stockholm, Sweden. pp.166-167.
Life and imprisonment, Stanley Borg, The Times, Malta, June 2003.
Borders, START catalogue, Richard England, pp. 4-9.
Palestrina and Hell, Opening speech by Ekehard Schneider, The Sunday Times, Malta, 6 July 2003.
The International Dictionary of Artists Who Painted Malta, 2nd edition, Nicholas De Piro, AVC Publishers. p.16.
8th Havana Biennale, Wilfredo Lam Foundation, exhibition catalogue, pp.91, 264.
Art Land and Water, Kevin Wilson, Sunday Times of Malta, 24 November, 2002.
Interview with Norbert Francis Attard, Rosemary Strang, www.blinkred.com, Scotland, England.
Recent installations in Scotland, England and Malta, Richard Carr, Sunday Times, Malta, 24 November 2002.
Seeing Red, Alison Forrest, Prospect magazine, Nov/Dec issue No.88, Glasgow, Scotland.
Festival Art reaches an Apex, Richard Carr, Artwork magazine, Scotland, England, July/August 2002, p.5.
Liverpool Banks on Art, Emma Beatty, The Art Newspaper, England, 27 September 2002.
Norbert Francis Attard, Richard Carr, Studio International, www.studio-international.com London, England, Sept. 2002.
Swinging Scousers, Liverpool 1, Holly Johnson, New Statesman magazine, England, 14 October 2002.
I See Red Everywhere, Edited by Fiona Calder, The Carnyx Group, Glasgow, Scotland.
Foreword by Richard Demarco, Introductory Study by Peter Serracino Inglott. Contributors: Fiona Calder,
Neil Cameron, Richard Carr, Emmanuel Fiorentino, Quentin Hughes, Paul Sant Cassia, Diane Sykes,
Julian Treuherz, RaphaelVella, and Kenneth Wain.
Cityspaces, Raphael Vella, START exhibition catalogue, in collaboration with YMCA, Valletta, Malta. pp.10-11.
The water works, Rosalie Higson, The Weekend Australian Magazine, December, 2001.
Boat mirrors balance of nature and threat of man, Anon., Sunshine Coast Daily, December 15, 2001.
Sculptures take to the water, Glenis Green,
The Corier-Mail, 24 October, 2001.
Bed of Roses, Emmanuel Fiorentino, The Sunday Times, October 28, 2001.
Biennale-Kunstler in Liechtenstein, Eva Jacob, Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Austria, February 16, 2001.
Art & Finance Video Project, Attard & Briffa in Liechtenstein, Joseph Paul Cassar, Sunday Times, Malta, March 11, 2001.
Taking art into another dimension, Josanne Cassar,
The Malta Independent, March 10, 2001.
Venedig in Vaduz, Ursula Badrutt Scoch,
Tagblatt -Beleg-Seite, Austria, February 2001.
Diaspora, exhibition catalogue, Ciudad de Oviedo,
Spain, 2002, pp. 56-57, 74-75, 152, 191.
Interview ma Norbert Attard, Mario Cassar,
In-Nazzjon, Malta, June 4, 2000.
Art in Malta Today, Curated by Joseph Paul Cassar, exhibition catalogue,
St.James, Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta. pp. 33, 89.
Contemporary Christian Art in Malta, exhibition catalogue, Cathedral Museum, Mdina, Malta. pp. 37, 98.
Inauguration Catalogue, St. James Cavalier, Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta.
Re-Interpreting Preti, Theresa M.Vella and Adrian Bartolo, National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta. pp. 11, 29.
Norbert Attard’s grandiose view of Preti, Emmanuel Fiorentino, The Sunday Times, Malta, January 24, 1999.
Mattia Preti: Ri-interpretazzjoni Kontemporanja, George Glanville, Ghalik magazine, Malta, January 23, 1999.
Malta: Norbert Francis Attard, Vince Briffa, Ray Pitre, Adrian Bartolo, Venice Biennale catalogue, Italy, 1999.
Transcending time and space, Josanne Cassar, The Malta Independent, July 8, 1999.
Destination, departure: The Venice Art Biennale, Adrian Bartolo, The Sunday Times, Malta, July 11, 1999. pp.110-111.
Artist of the month, www.maltamag.com, Malta’s on-line magazine, August 5, 1999.
Temple of Earth: Norbert Attard in Munich, The Sunday Times, Malta, March 8,1998.
Tollwood 98, Anon., Artworld magazine, South Korea, August 1998.
The double frustration of painting, Adrian Bartolo, The Sunday Times, Malta,November 15, 1998.
Advanced Graphics London, catalogue, Berkley Square Gallery, London, England, 1977.
Norbert Attard, architect and painter, Norbert Ellul Vincenti, The Times, Malta, January 18, 1997.
Hier Farben, du Schatten, Hanne Buschmann, Rheinische Post, January 21,1997.
Regen auf Malta fuhrte zur Kunst, Petra Herzog, Zeitung fur Wesel, January 30, 1997.
It’s an Or for Norbert Attard, Emmanuel Fiorentino, The Sunday Times, Malta, April 27, 1997.
Harsa lejn Norbert Attard - l-artist, il-perit u aktar…,Doris Spiteri, In-Nazzjon, Malta, May 2, 1997.
Norbert Attard, bidla radikali fl-istil, George Glanville,Ghalik magazin, Malta, May 3, 1997.
Sudlich von Sizilien: der Maler Norbert Attard, Ulla Dretzler, Das Italien-Kulturmagazin, Germany, 1997.
Maltese Biographies of the Twentieth Century, M.J.Sciavone and L.J.Scerri., 1997.
The other side of the divide, Kenneth Wain, Exhibition catalogue, Foundation for International Studies, Valletta, Malta.
Norbert Attard, Victor Pasmore, Exhibition catalogue, Foundation of International Studies, Valletta, Malta.
Norbert Attard, Vintage 96, Emmanuel Fiorentino, Sunday Times, Malta, March 31, 1996.
Living among the colours of Paradise, Daphne Caruana Galizia, High Flyer magazine, Malta, April 1996.
In search of quality, Raphael Vella, The Malta Independent, March 31, 1996.
Abstract Experiences, Rose Lapira, The Sunday Times, Malta, March10, 1996.
Opening the infinite doors of life, Rose Lapira, Guest magazine, Spring issue, 1996.
Norbert Attard, The aestheticics of pure form, Dominic Cutajar, First Sunday magazine, Malta, March 1996.
Exhibition by Norbert Attard in Tokyo, Anon.,The Sunday Times, Malta, May 12, 1996.
Paintings 96, Lara Strickland, The Times, Malta, April 3, 1996.
Epiphanion, exhibition catalogue, Foundation for International Studies, Valletta, Malta. pp.1.
The other side, Theresa M. Vella, The Sunday Times, Malta, October 20, 1996.
Shifting Images of Luminosity, Emmanuel Fiorentino, The Sunday Times, Malta, October 27, 1996
Love at first sight, Raphael Vella, The Malta Independent, October 27, 1996.
Norbert Attard, Prints and Paintings, 1977 - 1996, Dennis Vella, (General editor) Foreword by Kenneth Wain
and selected writings by Dennis Vella, Meir Ronnen, Dominic Cutajar, Anne Musgrave, Richard England,
Peter Serracino Inglott, Raphael Vella, Emmanuel Fiorentino, Rose Lapira and Theresa M. Vella. Malta,1996.
Hites des sonnen durchgluten Meeres festhalten, Helga Schmalhorst, Hildesheimer Allegeimeine Zeitung,
Germany, Nov. 27.
Maltese art in Antwerp, Emmanuel Fiorentino, Sunday Times, Malta, December 8, 1996.
Il-kuluri qawwija ta’ Norbert Attard, J.C. Camilleri, In-Nazzjon, Malta, December 13, 1996.
Maltese artists in Antwerp art gallery, Anon.,,The Malta Business Weekly, December 19-26, 1996.
All in a day, George Cini, Sunday Circle magazine, Malta, Dec.1996.
Norbert Attard works at Hildesheim Museum, Sunday Times, Malta, December 22, 1996.
Three books on Norbert Attard, L.J.S., Sunday Times, Malta, December 22, 1996.
Barometer des Zeitgeistes, Anon., Kunst Aktuell magazin, Germany, 1996.
Profile of an artist: Norbert Attard, Anon., We magazine, Malta,1996.