Beginning from 1993, in another wing of
the ex St. Francis Convent, it has centre the Ethnographic Museum Il Tamburo Parlante ("The Speaking Drum"), a multicultural
reality present in Italy and in the East Africa. The recovered
materials in the exhibition, report some activity of the Italian anthropology
museum and of the history of African art. There are more than 600 objects and
finds, illustrating various realities of the East Africa, particularly that one
interested by the Italian colonialism. Images and photos tell the daily and
artistic life of ethnic groups emphasising their common characters of an
antecedent period to the separations operated by the colonialism. The
photographic images, pictorial and the objects constitute a cultural itinerary
that sets us in the optics of the other, in a game of reflexes in which what
returns it is always another image of ourselves.
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