Leber and Chesworth's video made in Melbourne's Maltese community has been awarded the 2016 Substation Contemporary Art Prize.
Part singing, part public argument and part public confession, the song form of ‘Spirtu Pront’ emanates from working class bars in Malta. Improvised and often inflammatory grievances are publicly aired in a highly disciplined mode of practice, with strict stylistic and social rules.
The argument and counterargument can be quite personal and local, however the form also suggests wider honour codes. In this anachronistic form, ritualised argument can be seen as a positive social platform for the resolution of conflict.
Substation Contemporary Art Prize
8 September to 9 October 2016
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