Grima and his artistic team investigated and contemplated the different histories and types of explosions – military, ceremonial, creative, and criminal – from fireworks to bombs on the island of Malta.

Various stories deserve further contemplation. An unspoken post-colonial trauma was left on and around the island of Malta, one of the most bombarded places on Earth after World War II.

Jimmy Grima draws on his personal history, in conversation with his family, which includes three generations of people who engaged in the manufacturing of fireworks.

When one speaks of an explosion, fireworks are not the first thing that comes to mind. It’s mostly images of war, destructive bombs or a tragic criminal incident. But we find those instances intertwined on the Island of Malta; the military and the religious customs, their histories and how they developed to the present. Since this intersection has not yet been pondered in a scientific, historical or artistic manner, I urgently felt the need to contemplate it. So I found myself investigating these explosive matters for nearly two years.