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I RITRATTI DELL'ALTROVE
25 may - 25 july

The exhibition of works by Elio Modigliani (1860-1932), Roland Bonaparte (1858-1924) and Paolo Mantegazza (1831-1910) expresses some of the ways in which nineteenth-century Europeans viewed the ‘other’, or distant cultures, through the hard beauty of “portraits of the beyond”. A closer look shows how the different approaches move from the enchantment of curiosity towards the disenchantment of science, untouched, for a little while still, by the danger of stereotyped quotations. Modigliani’s photography reveals an unfiltered gaze with no privileged reality, while Bonaparte and Mantegazza’s images document the attempt to systematise the visual data represented by photographic documents. Through the disenchantment of science, as soon as technical advances permit it, photography is inexorably drawn to the human face, narrowing the field, it strips the individual of those details that are the outward signs of group membership. Its gaze lingers on facial expressions, investigating them and constructing scientific hypotheses as to human types with the presumption of being able to reveal its nature. The images on display are albumin prints mounted on original backings with handwritten captions and portray a number of ethnic groups that the authors had occasion to meet during their journeys all over the world. Curator: Maria Mancini

Roland Bonaparte
Paolo Mantegazza
Elio Modigliani

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