Dun Karm

Photography by Darrin Zammit Lupi

Dun Karm (2011) is a performance installation marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Malta’s national poet Dun Karm Psaila. Taking place on the famous Strada Stretta, in Splendid house, Malta, performances were spread across several rooms and encompassed a wide range of Dun Karm’s poetry. Four performers presented their reflections as part of this installation.

Dun Karm spent days of solitude in his home in Valletta from which emerged a series of patriotic sonnets with spiritual references. The installation revisits Malta’s heritage, re-envisioning the concept of gender, on Dun Karm Psaila’s behalf, from a time when religion and politics stringently shaped the dominant social culture.


Jimmy Grima

Rebecca Camilleri

Chris Galea
Mavin Khoo
Jacob Piccinino
Ninette Micallef

Sound Designer & Composer
Mario Sammut

Visual Artist
Matthew Pandolfino

Creative Writer
Simon Sultana Harkins
Collaboratively Produced with
mavinkhoo dance

Commissioned by
The Ministry of Education,Employment and the Family