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|Labro Studio Design|
|Preface Rebirth Catalogue 2007|
|Exhibitions - Paintings|
French artist Raphael Labro is displaying a collection of acrylic paintings for the first time in Malta at the Sinclair Stevenson gallery in Gozo where he has been residing since 2003.Born just outside Nice, Labro has spent a good part of his career travelling in many places, including Paris, Milan, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Hong Kong as a well-known fashion photographer in the 80's and 90's. He worked with influential designers: Gaultier and Kenzo, besides making ground-breaking digital art work in the related fields of Computer Art being one of the rare photographers sponsored by the German film maker AGFA and companies such as Apple computer.
He calls the exhibition Rebirth by which he aims to announce the "resurrection of Mother Earth" and maybe a rebirth and a turning point in his artistic career. Except for a few works, his exhibits deal with the image of the Maltese goddesses and the Maltese prehistoric megalithic temples that have fascinated countless visitors. Indeed, the presence of those unique structures on Maltese soil has spawned many theories about their origin and the philosophical inquiries behind them.
Labro himself has set his mind firmly in delving about the purpose of their building. When I met him some time ago I came to realise that he is not for instance satisfied with the dating normally ascribed to them by archaeologists. According to him their origin goes back much further than what we have been led to think through the results of carbon dating. Irrespective of whether the dating of the temples conforms to what Labro thinks or not, the fact remains that these awe-inspiring structures remain a unique and intriguing expression of early man's quest to give meaning to his relationship with divinities.
This is what in effect Labro has been doing through his paintings. From the temples in Hagar Qim, Mnajdra and Tarxien in Malta to Ggantija temples - considered as the oldest freestanding structure in the world - in the sister island. Labro has travelled the whole world and lived on all 5 continents before coming to live on Gozo. It is here where he continues his lifelong artistic and spiritual endeavours.It is with a great deal of satisfaction that I am witnessing such a talented contemporary artist as Labro honouring our exceptional heritage by "resurrecting" these ancient Maltese Goddesses in his Rebirth exhibition which for a moment, I am sure, will transport you into what he calls "another dimension".
© July 2007
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