Exhibition 'Catching the end, convergence or the beginning of (a) world(s)? The visualization of early-twentieth century Central Asia through postcards of Tashkent and its surroundings'

For whom
Alumni , Press , Employees , Private individuals , Students
08-11-2022 09:00 to 30-11-2022 17:00
Faculty Library of Arts and Philosophy (Magnel), Rozier 44 , 9000 Ghent
International Relations Office Ghent University - Eureast Platform

A powerful glimpse at worlds, lifestyles and environments of the tsarist Turkestan

This exhibition proposes a selection of some 30 postcards from different series that were produced and published in the early 1900s and in the 1910s. They show both general sights and more specific scenes in the city of Tashkent, both the more ancient, ‘indigenous’ and the newer, ‘European’ parts of the city.

This exhibition is not meant to be a moral or political judgement about the tsarist system and about the region’s local societies and cultures. The images offer a powerful glimpse at worlds, lifestyles and environments which were to be heavily affected if not obliterated following the dramatic historical events – the First World War followed by the Bolshevik coup d’état and the civil war – that would occur only a few years after they were produced.

An official opening of the photo exhibition takes place on Wednesday 8 November at 19:30 together with the book presentation ‘Photographing Central Asia. From the Periphery of the Russian Empire to Global Presence’.