A.bc. In Australia on Chatwin's Trail, 20 Years after "The Songlines"
Curated by Gianni Galassi
25 September - 26 October 2008
Photographic exhibition by Antonio Politano, curated by Gianni Galassi, with a section of historical pictures from the Italian Geographic Society books Australia in the end of the 19th and beginning of 20th century.
A journey through Australia along the North - South axis from Darwin to Alice Springs, up to Uluru Ayer's Rock, on the 20th anniversary of the publication of The Songlines (Adelphi, 1988), Chatwin's most popular book, a survey-itinerary, partly a novel, partly a diary and essay.
A reportage, pictures and texts. Stories, chance encounters, portraits, landscapes. Going through places, trying to get in touch with the Aboriginal and white cultures with Chatwin's book and (two) biographies in our hands. The outback, the highways, the tropic, the desert tracks, the communities of Utopia and Papunya where Aboriginal art was born. And further south, down to Adelaide.
120 colour pictures of today together with 30 black and white pictures of the past from the Italian Geographic Society archive.