Vince Briffa

I am not a painter or sculptor; I do not make movies, I am not a filmmaker. I am a maker of images, moving or not. The images I produce are an extension of my vocabulary, as are my objects and my writing. The image is the vehicle that best verbalizes my thoughts and connects all my creative output.

My work centers on the co-existence of dualities and treads blurred borders, questioning uncertain divides between opposing poles. The result queries the real position and temporality of the synthesis of extremities; positing the ‘screen’ as the seam that holds together the boundaries of such disparate realities. My work draws as vehicle on collections, both physical and virtual. My concern is to re-consider the form of such anthologies and re-use or re-cycle their content into new discourse objects, themselves in states of in-between, that undulate between their singular and collective constituency in search of an alternative reality.

Artist and researcher in Video, Fine and New Media Art. Studied Fine Art at the Edinburgh College of Art, holds an MA with distinction in Fine Art & Digital Media from Leeds University and a Ph.D. from the Electronic and Digital Art Unit of the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. Lectures at the University of Malta and is also visiting lecturer at the Unit for Contemporary Art Practice, the University of Leeds and at the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.

Major works shown at the 48th edition of the Venice Biennale (1999) and the Villa Manin Museum of Contemporary Art, Passariano, Italy and the Casoria Museum of Contemporary Art in Naples, Italy; the Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art in Nicosia, Cyprus; the MOYA and Only Atelier in Vienna, the Palais Liechtenstein and the ‘Johanniterkirche’ in Feldkirch, Austria; the Palais des Nations, United Nations Building, Geneva, Switzerland; the grounds of the Museum of Modern Art, Vaduz, Liechtenstein; the Galerie der Schwarze Punkt, Konstanz, Germany; the Edinburgh College of Art , Edinburgh Festivals – 1996 & 2000; City Gallery and Matthew Gallery, Edinburgh and the Invergordon Gallery, Inverness, Scotland; the Bretton Hall College Art Gallery, Wakefield, UK; the Harris Museum, Preston, UK; the Nunnery Gallery, the B.H. Gallery, the Fieldgate Gallery and the James Taylor Gallery, London, UK; Galerie d’Art Zero, Barcelona, Spain; Queen Street Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland; the Espace Claudel, Bibliothèque Universitaire, Amiens, France; MAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Santa Fe, Argentina; Cork Vision Centre, Cork, Ireland; Museum of Modern Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; Art Prague, Czech Republic and the Cathedral Museum, Mdina, the Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Archaeology and St. James Cavalier, Centre for Creativity in Valletta, Malta.

Curated international exhibitions include Digital Discourse: an international exhibition of electronic and digital art from the Commonwealth countries, St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, 2005; Malta’s participation at the XP/VideoChannel – Memory & Identity, Cologne, Germany, 2005; republic, the Capital of Culture exhibitions, Cork, Ireland, 2005; Analogue: Pioneering Video from the UK, Canada and Poland (1968-88), co-curator with Chris Meigh-Andrews and Catherine Ewes at St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, 2007; Malta’s participation at the Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles, Arles, France, 2008; and Watch, Museum of Fine Art, Valletta, Malta, 2008.