WHEN I STUDIED ART HISTORY AT SCHOOL IT RAPIDLY BECAME CLEAR TO ME THAT ART BY ITSELF IS HARD TO DEFINE. THE CLOSEST THING TO A CLEAR DESCRIPTION IS THE EXPRESSION OR APPLICATION OF HUMAN CREATIVE SKILL AND IMAGINATION. BUT THAT STILL LEAVES MANY QUESTIONS UNANSWERED. SO I SOUGHT AND THROUGH EXPERIENCE I LEARNED WHAT ART MEANS TO ME. A UNITY OF DIVERSITY BROUGHT TOGETHER BY A UNIQUE VISION, TALENT AND LEARNED SKILLS.
Europe once was a large collection of different countries that pretty much had one thing in common. They were all located on the same continent. Throughout history boarders where drawn, erased and drawn again. Empires, kingdoms and republics came and went and the social, political and cultural landscape changed many times over. Until the European Union was founded, which unites the majority of the modern European states whilst protecting their individual differences. Unity in diversity.
One of those counties united under the European flag is Malta. Located 80 kilometres south of Italy, 284 kilometres east of Tunisia and 333 kilometres north of Libya it is one of the most southern nations of Europe. Cover only 316 km2 and having a population of about 450,000 it is also one of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries. Nevertheless Malta has a long history in which many powerful nations tried to take ownership of the small island due to its strategic location. No wonder that Malta shows a mixture of many influences that, over the millennia, have all transformed into a unique Malteser culture.
As diverse as cultures are the different forms we can find in the arts. It’s easy to separate them in large groups, such as visual arts and performance arts. It gets more complicated when you break them down in smaller categories. Poetry, painting, sculpting. Composing, dancing, acting. They all seems so different but when you really look at them, you realize that once almost never goes without an other. Kris Micallef was born in Malta in 1988. He graduated in Architecture and Civil Engineering in 2011 after reading for his degree at the University of Malta, but eventually choose a career in photography. His architectural background influences his photographs. Order, geometry, light and beauty are keywords synonymous with Kris’ photography.
Kris Micallef excels in both fine art photography as well as commercial photography having a particular interest in the world of fashion. His works have been published in various magazines in Europe, the Middle East and also the United States. He’s also exhibited his works at Malta House, Brussels (2012), Kvartira 57, Kyev (2012), Hammam Al Ayn, Jerusalem (2013), Mahmoud Darwish Museum, Ramallah (2013), Salle Jean Despas, Saint-Tropez (2013) and Blitz, Valletta (2014). Today however we focus on his fine art photography, and in particular on his work with Michal Vavrin.
The work of Kris Micallef shows a great understanding and sensitivity of composition. His portraits are haunting in their beauty, the details and perfection phenomenal. His work with Michal Vavrin is no exception to this. Michal comes from the Czech Republic and is a good friend of Kris. Though not much experienced as model he more than makes up for that when it comes to the physical form. When talking about architecture, Michal is a perfect example of creating, building and sculpting his own body. The shoot he did with Kris is one of a few he has under his belt, so we might even say these are almost collector items. And in that light, we can also safely conclude they are true pieces of art. Composition, the exact right lighting and play of shadows, a body that has been sculpted into perfection. Hard lines and soft curves. The perfect unity in diversity. –BM-
KRIS MICALLEF | BEAUTIFULMAG
MICHAL VAVRIN | BEAUTIFULMAG