The face of an island

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Project Description

What is  Wiċċna Project?

Wiċċna / Our Face project, led by Zvezdan Reljic, Yugoslav/Maltese photographer, is planned to be a book of around 200 photographic portraits of individuals from different backgrounds, generations and ethnicities who currently reside in Malta and accompanied by a short caption taken from the individual’s answer to the often complicated question “Where are you from?”

How we started

With the initial support from the Malta Arts Fund, we have accomplished the first stage of this project. The Wiccna team have got to know and photograph over 200 persons and over 300 films and contact prints were developed. Zvezdan is currently hand printing silver gelatin lith prints of portraits which will be reproduced in the book.

Why do we need your help

In order to create the Wiċċna book, which we plan to launch in November 2018, we need your help to fund the printing costs and would be forever grateful for any contribution big or small to help us create a unique photography book of portraits displaying the diversity of contemporary Maltese society.

The book

We strive to create the highest quality book possible including a limited number of handcrafted slipcases. The Wiċċna book will consist of approximately 500 pages and include aesthetical, anthropological and literary essays on aspects of physiognomy, identity and photography, each written in a different language that has influenced Malta throughout its history: Arabic (Walid Nabhan), English (Alexandra Pace), French (Philippe Parizot), Italian (Virginia Monteforte), Maltese (Leanne Ellul), and Spanish (Antoine Cassar).

The Exhibition

A selection of portraits from the book will be hand-printed in a large format and exhibited at Blitz gallery in Valletta in November 2018 for one month following the launch of the book and all contributors are welcome to join us.


Ideally, we would like to have a hardbound book printed with a book jacket and coat the portraits in the book with spot varnish to closely imitate the feel of an original lith print.

Our minimum and stretch goals are indicated below.

  • €10,600 – Softcover bound books  (Minimum goal)
  • €13,400 – Hardcover bound books + book jacket
  • €16,100 – Hardcover bound books + book jacket + spot varnish on printed portraits.

Contact us on info@wiccna.com

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More information can be found in the FAQ. Thank you in advance for all your help.

Stretch Goals

Hardcover bound books + book jacket 13,400.00

Hardcover bound books + book jacket + spot varnish on printed portraits. 16,100.00