Gilbert Calleja (b.1978) is a documentary photographer and multimedia artist focusing on long-term socially engaged projects in his native Malta and around the Mediterranean. His main focus is creative storytelling based on ethnographic research methods.
In 2020 he obtained his PhD in Creative Media from the Centre for Research and Education in the Arts and Media (CREAM) at the University of Westminster, London with a study on ‘Ethnography and experimental non-fiction storytelling: relating the experiences of Maltese Fishermen’. Apart from working extensively (2013-present) with fishermen he has also dedicated several years to working with transgender persons (LIMINAL, 2013). Gilbert has worked as a photojournalist and freelance news photographer and studied History of Art and Fine Arts at the University of Malta (2000) and the University of Paris, Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (2004).
He is a lecturer in Fine Arts in the Department of Art and Art History, Faculty of Arts, at the University of Malta, where he teaches in multimedia, photography and painting courses. His work has been published and exhibited in Malta (2006-present), at the Venice Biennale (2017), in Brussels (2017, 2012), at the Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles (2008) and at the Caochangdi Photospring, Beijing, China (2008), amongst others.