ALBORI AND HISTORY OF TOURISM IN ALBANIA
AMONG THE TAGLIARINI ARCHIVE CARDS
Monday April 18 2016
Rome, "Giuseppe Dalla Vedova" Hall, Palazzetto Mattei in Villa Celimontana
Via della Navicella 12
The Blue Eye Association - with the sponsorship of the Italian Geographic Society - organizes the conference ALBORI AND HISTORY OF TOURISM IN ALBANIA AMONG THE TAGLIARINI ARCHIVE CARDS at the prestigious Palazzetto Mattei site, kindly offered for the occasion.
The Italian Geographical Society Onlus is based in Rome at Palazzetto Mattei, in Villa Celimontana, via della Navicella 12. Inside there is a precious documentary heritage accessible for consultation. The Library has around 400 thousand volumes with a section of rare books that includes works published from the 16th to the 19th century. The Cartoteca contains material of considerable scientific and historical-artistic value, consisting of approximately 150 thousand documents. Of great interest is the collection of Chinese and Japanese geographical maps, belonging mainly to the XVIII and XIX centuries, almost all handwritten. The Historical Archive preserves and passes on the memory of the activity of the Sodality since its foundation. The photographic archive collects over 400 thousand among positives, negatives, slides and vintage postcards.
The conference intends to make known - through the papers of theTagliarini Archive - the first steps for the development of tourism in Albania in the 1940-1943 years.
After an initial greeting from Prof. Filippo Bencardino - President of the Company and an intervention by Ambassador Mario Bova - President of the "Occhio Blu" Association, Dr. Franco Tagliarini will outline a brief profile of his father, Francesco Tagliarini, Consultant for Albanian tourism from the 1939 to the 1943 at the Council Presidency of the Kingdom of Albania.
Rovena Sakja, PhD student in Archival Science at the "La Sapienza" University of Rome, based on research carried out at the Central Archive of the State of Albania, the National Library of Albania in Tirana and the Historical Diplomatic Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome intends to provide new information for the study and deepening of the history of the magazine Drini, a periodical on tourism published by the Directorate of Tourism of the Directorate General for Press, Propaganda and Tourism in Tirana in the years' 40 1943 and founded and directed by Francesco Tagliarini. Through the archival documentation we will also try to analyze the activities concerning the publication and dissemination of the magazine and the role it played in promoting the tourism sector in Albania.
Mauro Geraci, professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Messina, will talk about the fundamental repertoire that testifies to the very high cultural tourism work carried out in Albania by Francesco Tagliarini in the early 1940s. The vast photographic background is affected, in its specificity, by a photographic realism that was then widespread in Europe as an "imaginary" aimed at giving rise to new attractions for Albania, between exoticism and anthropological orientations. Through a series of examples, Mauro Geraci proposes to review the various representative and interpretative components that interact in the Tagliarini Photographic Fund: from stereotypes to ethnographic discoveries, from rhetorical to situational observations, from "orientalisms" to documentary intent to landscapes , to living and urban spaces, economy and crafts, domestic practices and rituals, corporeality and customs and gestures. Eventually Geraci will recapitulate the Albanian thematic complex, made up of a very interesting intertwining of "types" and "motifs", of which the Photographic Fund is the bearer, as an important testimony of the dialectic of the gazes then cultivated between Italy and Albania.
Nadia Fusco, professor at the University of Tor Vergata, will present the "Francesco and Franco Tagliarini Fund", preserved in the SGI Photo Archive. The fund, which consists of photographic prints and postcards in black and white and in color, represents the faithful mirror of the work carried out by Francesco Tagliarini in Albania, between the 1939 and the 1940, in the Directorate General for Press, Propaganda and Tourism and as Managing Director of the Distaptur Publishing Agency. It is a precious iconographic documentation, thanks to which it is possible not only to reclaim the landscape and cultural memory of Albania, but also to convey the knowledge and tourist promotion of a land that is still too little known, but with extraordinary potential.
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