Foam and Marubi National Museum of Photography (Albania) organise an evening to contextualise the exhibition about the Marubi photo studio.
Why is historical studio photography so important? That question will be answered during this evening, which focuses on the wider context of the exhibition Dynasty Marubi – A Hundred Years of Albanian Studio Photography. The evening in Foam aims to draw attention the worth of vernacular photography archives; uncommon photography of commonplace lives.
Luçjan Bedeni, director of the Marubi National Museum of Photography, presents the dynasty of Marubi-photographers and underscores their historical and current cultural importance of these archives for Albania.
He will be introduced by Foam curator Kim Knoppers. She will put the Marubi photo studio in context of the 19th-century photo studios.
Sister Elisabeta, no date, Pietro Marubi, wet plate © Marubi National Museum of Photography, Shkodër
The archive of the Marubi photo studio, which encompasses the years 1856 through 1959, allows you to witness the turbulent history of Albania through the lens of a studio photographer. The Marubi collection of over 150.000 negatives comprises three generations of Albanian culture, from Ottoman times to the communist period, and shows all types of social rituals, folkloric costumes and people throughout the years.
The entire archive of the Marubi photo studio has found a home in the Marubi National Photomuseum in Shkodër (Albania). The museum recently moved to a modern building, to give this impressive, historically and artistically interesting archive a place to live. A unique selection of this photography is on show in Foam this fall.
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This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Marubi National Museum of Photography in Shkodër, Albania.
This exhibition is made possible with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Albania.
The prints in the exhibition are produced by Kleurgamma.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd, City of Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.