My internship as an exhibition assistant with the Malta Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia was a truly rewarding experience, which provided me with valuable hands-on practice and a deeper understanding of the realm of contemporary art. An experience through which I transitioned from being a student to an active contributor within the artistic and cultural sphere.
During a typical day at the Arsenale I, together with my colleagues, would be greeting visitors and VIPs, giving tours and explanations of the pavilion, engaging with the installation itself and collaborating with the team to make sure that our visitors get the full experience which the Malta Pavilion seeks to put forth. However, apart from the professional side of the internship, I would many times find myself participating in a number of interesting and fruitful discussions about the overall Biennale exhibit and other Pavilions. Having such conversations with other interns who share the same interest but come from different backgrounds, countries, cultures, and academic institutions has steered me towards a more constructive thinking process. Being surrounded by and being part of such an incredibly wide-ranging artistic community has not only helped me grow professionally and academically, but it has also helped me acquire personal skills such as building the self-confidence that is necessary to perform several public tasks. Moreover, this has significantly impacted my professional development positively as I built a number of important connections and friendships with several pros in the sector. Undoubtedly, meeting and engaging with so many artistic professionals as well as art enthusiasts from all around the world has broadened my knowledge about the diversity of the field of curation and has left me wanting to delve further into this career path.
The freedom of putting into practice all I had learnt academically has been enriching beyond anything I expected. I feel truly privileged to have formed part of such an exciting project and I will certainly keep enhancing the skills that this opportunity has furnished me with.
Thea Leotta - Intern at Malta Pavilion - April - June 2022.