Exploring the queer body | Milkshake

A number of artists and photographers have gathered under the Milkshake initiative to explore what the ‘queer body’ means, complicated by the (largely Catholic) context of contemporary Maltese society.

This ongoing project is worth a look, and the crew have generously donated a sample of the works to Schlock.

Enjoy them below.


Photo by Phil Sayers

Phil Sayers is a transvestite artist who performs feminine masquerade in photographic images often referencing art historical sources.
Has exhibited widely in the UK, US, Sweden, Germany, Greece, and the Netherlands.


Illustration by Adrian Gauci

Adrian Gauci enjoys working in both freehand drawing and digital illustration and a combination of both is used in his works. At the moment Adrian is in his final year in Graphic Design & Interactive Media and working on the modularity and illustrative aspect of typography through his dissertation.


Illustration by Nadine Noko

Nadine Noko is an Art Director and illustrator based in Malta producing work for a wide range of clients across the fashion, art, culture, publishing and advertising field.


Photo by Gilbert Calleja

Gilbert Calleja graduated in drawing and painting from the Malta School of Arts, holds a BA (Hons) Art from the University of Malta and a ‘Licence’ and ‘Maitrise d’Arts Plastiques’ (Fine Arts) from the University of Paris, Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne.

His works were featured in a number of local and foreign magazines and newspapers such as Newsweek Russia, the Guardian and Ottar magazine (Swedish queer publication).


Photo by Ritty Tacsum

Ritty Tacsum is a largely self-taught experimental photographer and multimedia artist who began her training at MCAST, Malta.
She worked as a freelance photographer for several local and foreign magazines (online and in print) and also in a Dutch publication. She also held a solo photography exhibition at St James Cavalier, Valletta last year.