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‘Order in Chaos’- A quirky dimension of light, colour and contrast as seen through the lens of Martin Agius
Not to be missed!

Emma Galea

A visual journey through everyday life that juxtaposes past and current trends is brought to vivid life by Martin Agius’ latest exhibition, ‘Order in Chaos’.

This much-awaited exhibition was inaugurated some days ago at the Hotel Phoenicia and is set to run till the 31st March.

‘Order in Chaos’- A quirky dimension of light, colour and contrast as seen through the lens of Martin Agius

Martin Agius has established himself amongst Malta’s foremost photojournalists. He has an evident passion for the aesthetic aspects of social life and this exhibition is the perfect example of this.

This hands-on experience brought to light through his latest collection of street photography, is expressed through a quintessentially Maltese viewpoint with more than a passing nod to the odd feature that’s both quirky and unpredictable.

‘Order in Chaos’- A quirky dimension of light, colour and contrast as seen through the lens of Martin Agius

Suffice to say, this particular set of photographs includes some veritable throwbacks, depicted by whimsical local scenes that are balanced out by much more modern takes as seen through abstract prisms.

A typical example is the new Parliament Building by Renzo Piano bathed in surreal light and which, conversely throws up some distinctive shadows (in typical chiaroscuro) that underline the contrasting imagery.

‘Order in Chaos’ weaves a rich tapestry of colour and light through a set of 14 photographs which capture the hitherto unseen spirit of situations that do not normally merit a second glance.

It is also a presentation which manages to sneak in an unexpected tinge of darkness that helps create a sensory overload and which works on the mind’s eye exactly as intended.

Therefore, it’s safe to say that photography buffs can expect the unexpected as ‘Order in Chaos’ delivers on all fronts especially as it is based on bold contrasts between light and dark and which further infuse the entire composition with life and vitality.

Martin Agius has won a spate of prestigious awards through his highly personalised interpretation of the visual content at hand, both local and foreign.

Meanwhile, he manages to display a rare dexterity and insight into the most complex of presentations. This has in fact been recognised by the most discerning critics in the field of photography. 

He has found loads of success abroad having showcased his talents at one of the most prestigious international photography events that’s based in Japan in 2020 and 2021.

He also had the opportunity to display his works on similar occasions in Egypt, Greece, Italy and the UK.

17th March 2023


Emma Galea
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Emma Galea
Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as many films as she possibly can!

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