Gardjola   /Watchtower

Digital Painting By Ramon Azzopardi Fiott [AKA RAFiott]
MeliTENSION Collection | Completed 2021

In many well-preserved historical areas, a common phenomenon arises where art and culture are confined to a rigid framework, detached from the everyday person. The consequence is an abundance of repetitive iconic images that once symbolized the place, yet have now lost their original charm and character. This unfortunate trend has led to a loss of cultural richness on the island, with our streetscapes gradually fading into a monotonous gray, our buses losing their individuality, and rampant development eroding our precious fertile lands, clean air, and archaeological heritage.

Amidst this landscape of cultural erosion, the Gardjola watchtower in Isla/Senglea stands as a unique testament. With its iconic ears and vigilant eye, it served as a guardian for sailors out at sea. Yet, even the Gardjola has succumbed to overexposure, diminishing its impact on the local audience. It is within this context that “Gardjola” emerges, a fantastical reimagination of the tower, reminding viewers that inspiration lies closer than we think. Through a visually straightforward composition, it embraces the playful and warm aesthetics of traditional Maltese culture.

RAFiott’s art portfolio encapsulates the essence of Maltese culture, highlighting the need to break free from the confines of repetition and rediscover the authentic vibrancy that lies within our surroundings. By infusing contemporary art with traditional influences, RAFiott invites viewers to appreciate the beauty of our heritage while offering a fresh perspective that resonates with both locals and visitors alike.

Explore the captivating artworks of Ramon Azzopardi Fiott [AKA RAFiott], and embark on a visual journey that celebrates the unique spirit of Malta. Rediscover the rich tapestry of our cultural heritage and embrace the warmth and playfulness that defines our artistic legacy.


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