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melitensis identitas: a reflection on imported cultures & national identity through botany

Media Space and Network Culture

MA Architecture (Digital Media) 2021/22 (Distinction)

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The most prominent species in the Maltese landscape which the culture identifies with are introduced, invasive species. The prickly pear, the agave, the mimosa. The vulnerable endemics hide away as their population numbers diminish, while the introduced dominate.

As an island nation positioned in between continents, how do/have we perceive(d) our imports? Are they celebrated or rejected? Do we embrace diversity - are we truly hospitable? That with which we identify with may not necessarily be always authentically ours. Is this a stolen representation of a natural landscape // of a culture?