A Journey in China. Massimo Cristaldi talks with Takuzo Yamane
Via San Sebastiano 1 - Trieste
Friday 28 October 2022 - Sunday 27 November 2022
10.00 - 17.00
Exhibition from 28 October to 27 November 2022
Civico Museo d’Arte Orientale
Via San Sebastiano 1 – Trieste
Thursday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm
Open also on November 1st
The protagonist of the exhibition is the trip to China, a country very present in the rich collections of the Photo Library of the Civic Museums of History and Art and the Civic Museum of Oriental Art. The contemporary shots of the Sicilian photographer Massimo Cristaldi, suggested by the art advisor of the festival Angelo Cucchetto and by the association president Stefano Ambroset, dialogue with the testimonies of the early twentieth century by the Japanese photographer Takuzo Yamane, kept in the Photo Library of the Civic Museums of History and Art.
The photographs of Takuzo Yamane’s travels between 1909 and 1916 are disclosed in the precious volume “Bird’s Eye View of the Far East“, with a green silk cover, sewn in Japanese style. The images depict various Chinese cities including Wuhan, Shanghai, then known as Eastern Chicago, Manchuria, mines, railway construction, foundries, factories, agricultural or industrial warehouses, gardens, archaeological sites, ports. and the most important buildings. Many photographs testify to the considerable presence of the Japanese and Westerners for business reasons in China at the beginning of the twentieth century.
In the 21st century, Massimo Cristaldi puts aside black and white and returns a polychrome China where photography becomes an instrument of approach and participation. The author, who has always been interested in the representation of borders, documents, through photography, a personal itinerary of stories and stories in which the attention is focused
especially on the faces of anonymous humanity.