Words matter. Sometimes they are a matter of life and death. And while my words, in this case, did not quite carry that weight, they did feel immensely important and I choose them more carefully and expressed them with more attentiveness than ever before.Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated on October 16, 2017. Shortly thereafter I started the process of creating a large copper portrait of her. This portrait was unveiled at the European Parliament in Strasbourg by President Antonio Tajani on October 23, 2018 and it is permanently placed by the European Parliament Press Conference Room, named after the assassinated journalist. During the unveiling I gave a speech about the portrait, my reasons for doing it, as well as its techniques and context. The speech is written here in full, and its delivery can also be watched in this video (starting at c. 11:50) from the live stream of the unveiling event, broadcast by the European Parliament.
On the left: The “Marginal Notes” which form the right hand side of the portrait, made from etched and patinated copper, bronze and brass.