The exhibition unveils the history of women, men and children brought from Africa, Asia, Oceania and America to be exhibited in the Western world in circus numbers, theatre or cabaret performances, fairs, zoos, parades, reconstructed villages or international and colonial fairs.
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|Nb. de pages||384|
|Dimensions||280 x 240|
Exhibition catalogue "Human zoos, the invention of the Savage" shown at the Quai Branly museum, Paris (Novembre 29, 2011 - June 3, 2012).
The practice started in the 16th Century royal courts and continued to increase until the mid-20th Century in Europe, America and Japan.
A wide array of paintings, sculptures, posters, postcards, movies, photographs, mouldings, dioramas, miniatures and costumes provide insight on the scope of the phenomenon and on the success of the exotic performance industry, which captivated over a billion spectators who, between 1800 and 1958, marvelled at more than 35,000 individuals throughout the world.
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