The exhibition, which will be open to visitors at Castello D'Albertis from 18 November to 6 March, was born from material memories of Captain Albertis' first voyage around the world, from Borneo to Peru, through India, Australia and New Zealand, China and Japan, the United States and Central America.
Exposed as in a chamber of wonders and re-proposed in hunting trophies according to the set-up of the time wanted by Captain d'Albertis, these objects materialize the nineteenth-century gaze towards the Other, which on display accompanies us up to the present day, helping us to move from a conception in which the non-European indigenous peoples were treated as the subject of photographic shots and exotic exhibitions, to one in which they are involved as a full-fledged subject of representation and history.
The meetings and events of this journey that lasted a whole year and fill a large register of memories of the Captain of Albertis, exhibited in the exhibition and now also digitally available together with his reinforced copy.
Among the many stories, there is one in particular that has opened new and unexpected narratives and connections for the museum: the purchase receipt from the Melbourne studio of the German photographer J.W. Lindt (1845-1926) of images taken in Australia (Clarence River Valley), shots of staged photography, built in the studio by Lindt himself, which portrays Australian aborigines and picturesque landscapes. In this perspective, the participation in our project by the leading expert of J.W. Lindt, the Australian photography historian Ken Orchard, has provided us with information and content on these unpublished images, which in turn have helped to answer still open questions about the life and works of this great photographer.