A photographic documentation
“The Land of the Singing Waves” – Tharangambadi (former Tranquebar) – on the South Eastern coast of India, witnessed the landing and work of the worldwide first Lutheran missionaries, more than 300 years ago. There, Bartholomew Ziegenbalg (1682–1719) and Henry Plütschau (1677–1752), two students of August Hermann Francke, initiated an intercultural dialogue in 1706, exemplary and meaningful to this day. In that historical place, the Francke Foundations, along with partners from India and Germany, brought an international museum project into being. Ziegenbalg’s former living house thus shall be transferred into a museum on the intercultural dialogue between Europe and India. Much has happened since the project was started in June 2016. In the first place, the historical building needed to be restored. After the construction work has been completed, it is now time to breathe new life into the old structures and to establish a vivid museum inside. Jasmin Eppert is responsible for the project on-site. Assigned in March 2016, she will coordinate the work in Tharangambadi until spring 2019.
The Tamil photographer, Rekha Vijayashankar, came to visit the Ziegenbalg House and the town Tharangambadi in October 2017. During her three-days-stay, she documented the everyday life of the museum and the Ziegenbalg Campus. She also captured the then ongoing film work with her camera. Snapshotting through the small, Tamil town, she produced insights into the life of Tharangambadi – a place marked by a multi religious atmosphere, despite of its Lutheran imprinting, which already was experienced open-mindedly by Ziegenbalg. Lying idyllically at the Golf of Bengal, the coastal town does not only attract tourists from far and wide. The sea is as well the natural basis of life for many locals. The documentary photo exhibition shows glimpses of the photographer’s visit to a town, with which the Francke Foundations got connected more than 300 years ago, as displayed now in this international museum project.
Rekha Vijayashankar is archivist, librarian and photographer at DakshinaChitra, an open air, heritage museum in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. She taught herself the art of and profession of photography and thus became the official museum photographer of this institution. She is married and supports the “Black is Beauty Campaign,” a feminist move towards more awareness for the indifference of skin colour as an ideal of beauty.
Information about the event
|Facility:||Francke´s Home - Information Centre | To the facility|
|Date:||Tuesday to Sunday and Holidays: 10.00 – 17.00|
|Location:||House 1 - Historic Orphanage (Franckeplatz 1, Haus 1, 06110 Halle (Saale)) | im interaktiven Lageplan anzeigen|
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|Costs:||6/ 4 Euros, under 18 years of age free of charge|