The work interrogates strollers’ tendency to inscribe words and symbols on the fleshy tissue of prickly pears growing abundantly in the Maltese countryside. Strollers succumb to the habit of their peers and with a pointed or sharp object and by applying some pressure they inscribe ‘text’ on fresh leaves. Hence the title: Pear Pressure. I photographed this habit over a number of years accumulating hundreds of photographs. Each photograph tells a story. The photographic archive emerging from such exploration developed into an artistic installation.
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