(Un)silenced Exhibition

 

(Un)silenced is an intimate exploration of the unsaid, the repressed and the unheard. It is a commentary on the lived experiences of those women whose identities have been eroded by narcissistic abuse and whose mental health has been ravaged by the toxic osmosis of being in the presence of a narcissist.

Yet it is also a reflection on the healing power of art and writing, and their role in reclaiming muted voices. It is a celebration of self-determination, of solidarity and, ultimately, of liberation.

This project is the result of a partnership between St Jeanne Antide Foundation and APS Bank and will be held between 12th May and 4th July 2022, in the foyer of APS Bank Centre in Swatar.

Biography of the artists

Carol Busuttil is an artist who paints about the collective experience of women whose spirit is crushed by an abusive partner. She was an Art option student at Maria Regina Junior Lyceum, Blata l-Bajda, and graduated from the School of Art, Valletta, in 2008 with distinction, having presented a thesis on Colouring my Moods. She experiments with different techniques such as life drawing, painting en plein air, etching, print making, clay and marble sculpting.

Her sensitive and introverted character drives her to search for self-expression through painting. Art for her is a continuing process of learning, exploring, creating and expressing her inner self through new artistic ventures. Carol is capable of focusing wholeheartedly on a given task using any material. Her preferred medium is acrylics.

Carol took part in a number of exhibitions: a solo at Corinthia Palace Hotel; a duo with the late artist-sculptor-cartoonist Guzeppi Theuma; during concerts organised by the Malta Cultural Institute; at Hotel Phoenicia; a few collectives at the Malta Society of Arts in Valletta; Art Club 2000; and at the Haz-Zabbar Sanctuary Museum.

Amy Abela is a single mother of two adorable children. Enriched with psychological and physical scars, she has triumphed over domestic violence which she suffered during her childhood and also during her marriage.

During the recent pandemic, Amy started to explore art as a form of therapy. This adventure led her to the gift of writing, which was chained deep inside her inner self. This newly discovered outlet gave voice to her troubled and silenced soul, now free to blossom in its authenticity. Her writings are inspired by personal trauma, adorned with intense emotions which she has experienced but were kept at bay. Observations rising from deep discernment, as well as her spiritual perception towards life, are mirrored in her poems. Her colourful soul is the pen that guides and drives her to share a vision with a goal to offer compassion, support and hope for a more fruitful society.

Writing offers Amy a safe space where she can explore her individuality whilst feeling whole and complete. She loves to define this talent as the recycling of wounds transformed into art, wherein the beacon of her inner resilience shines.

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English descriptions of the poems

The Narcissist

This poem describes the warped mind and toxicity of a narcissistic personality. One can easily be manipulated and trapped in a relationship with a narcissist, resulting in the loss of one’s identity. Awareness of the red flags is crucial for one's safety.

Life

This poem describes life through the author’s perception; a struggle mingled with hope and victory. The author perceives life as a yin and yang, the negative espoused with the positive, two energies mixed together that make life colourful and worth living.

Pain

This poem describes the author’s relationship with Pain, both physical and psychological. It encapsulates a mixture of overwhelming emotions such as fear, anger and helplessness, but also provides a space for meditation and reflection into how the author can befriend this pain and sublimate it into resilience and art.

My Body is Mine

The aim of this poem is to create awareness about sexual abuse/rape, even within the context of a relationship. It describes the inner emotional frustration, the shattered self-worth of a woman being considered solely as flesh and as an object designed to please her partner. She finds strength within and finally leaves this relationship, aware that she's enough!

Passion

This poem defines the author’s inner contagious passion that burns within her like a flame, providing a driving and motivating force for her. It's also a cry for a change in mentality in response to the injustices and alienation that pervade society and make the author’s blood boil.

Joy

This is a poem of self-reflection that describes the author’s long journey to find happiness and fulfillment. She searched everywhere, from family to relationships and even religion but this void could not be filled, as she was surrounded by a dysfunctional family and her identity was locked deep within. The author finally stopped looking and embraced her healing journey towards finding herself…and there it was – always was – inner pure joy deep within her soul.

Revelation

This poem is about troubled souls and masked faces, hiding tremendous suffering suppressed within. It is an encouragement to reconnect with oneself in order to reach one's true potential.

Observing

In this poem, the author observes people’s interactions as they go about their daily lives, as well as their different lifestyles and their perceptions. It ends with the author’s own observation of nature’s vibrant colours and its relaxing sounds that fill her soul with peace and stillness, immediately obliterating all worries.

The Woman

This poem describes the shining resilience of a woman who rises above all struggles. She is adorned with inner strength, empathy and courage and never gives up. Beware – do not prey on her vulnerability as she will seek freedom far away from you.

Music

The author explores the healing power of music, and the important role it plays in her life. It describes the solace it brings to her mind, and the soothing effects on her soul and heart. Music is her sole companion, a constant presence that boosts her mood and provides comfort.

I Saved Myself

This poem expresses in detail the author’s trauma that emanated from being raised within a dysfunctional family, where she was forced to beg for their love and protect herself from their altercations by curling into a foetal position. She used to feel unworthy of love and suffered from low self-esteem, always dreaming of somebody who could save her from her situation. Little did she know that the power of choice to save herself lay within!

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