Title: Imaging History Imagining Antiquity
Authors: Vandermeulen, Bruno ×
Veys, Danny
Fragalà, Giovanni
Issue Date: Sep-2012
Abstract: Today Catania sees the inauguration of a photographic exhibition housed in the charming complex of the Monastero dei Benedettini. Meetings like this constitute a significant opportunity to reflect on the effect that international events have on the academic community and the city where they are held.
The beautiful images shown in this exhibition act as vehicles for transmitting genuine life moments for contemporary man - be he archaeologist or not - and for communicating them to the viewer. The shootings are related to the charismatic archaeological site of Sagalassos, which is situated in the southern part of Turkey. Through them, the viewer is able to capture the core dynamics and the interactions thath exist between humans and environment and make us think about the concept of place as an important aggregation point of actions and emotions. The images give us an idea about the appearance and uniqueness of the territory of Sagalassos. Moreover, they generate a wide range of notions about different relationships between artifacts and places, between human beings and things, and between static positions and restless actions. For those who like me are scholars of modern history, that means getting in touch with tools that enable us to recreate the “whole territory’s history” by bringing out not only its historical context but also all the actions, human wills and communication strategies linked to that territory.
This exhibition gives the viewer the opportunity to focus on the strategic role, the study of the ancient and modern territory should ideally have in contemporary society. This was also the general idea of the Master degree in “History and analysis of territory” organized a few years ago within our University thanks to the collaboration of Giuseppe Giarrizzo, Maurice Aymard and Giancarlo de Carlo. The Master was conceived as a “knowledge container” combining scholars with expertise in a wide range of fields (economists, city planners, historians, geographers, archaeologists, engineers, computer experts etc.), whose principal aim was to recreate the ancient territorial identity and the ancient territorial dimension otherwise neglected by analytical research.
Finally, as Past Dean of the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy of the University of Catania, I wish to welcome you all to the opening of this exhibition, which is the result of the collaboration and the synergies established among different Universities and Research Centers. The Belgian research in Sagalassos is indeed a highly important field of study, which not only involves our students but also researchers of the Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage of the Italian National Research Council (IBAM - CNR). Thanks to IBAM’s efforts, we are today happy to open this exhibition, which demonstrates that we shall achieve our common goal of historical reconstruction through knowledge sharing and multidisciplinary collaboration.
Enrico Iachello - Past Dean of the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy of the University of Catania
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: AOR
Type: Exhibition
Venue: Benedictine Monastery location:Catania, Sicilia, Italy
Appears in Collections:IT Services, Faculty of Arts, Leuven
Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project
Beeldende kunsten LUCA-Faculteit Kunsten
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