CÉLIA HAY


The Procession of Disappearance (2018)
Performance and film
Duration 22’ min, colour 16/9

‘The Procession of Disappearance’ was a collective performance dealing with elements that are disappearing and have disappeared from the island of Gozo, in Malta, whether it is the erosion of landscapes with the collapsing of the Azure Window (Tieqa tad-Dwejra), the Gozitan dialect disappearing, or forgotten legends. The idea of that procession was not to mourn the disappearance of those fragile things, but to celebrate their ephemeral nature. As the procession went on, a series of rituals inspired by the island’s stories and the feeling of disappearance took place.

This project was produced during a residency at Spazju Kreattiv - Malta’s National Art Centre - as part of the official programme of Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018. It consists in a series of performances that took place in Gozo in April 2018 made as a collaboration between Pearlie Frisch, Maria de la O Garrido, Lena Heubusch, Candice Japiassu, Stephanie Sant, and myself, and this film I directed.