Manaki - Ethnology and visual anthropology in the "Rupe" granary
The exhibition and lecture has been produced in collaboration with Nada Genevska Bračić from the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Momuments and Museum in Bitola.
The creativity of the Manaki brothers is of great importance for the cultural heritage. Their activity is pervasive in many spheres of social and cultural life of Macedonia and their photographs, film footage and film reviews are part of the Balkan heritage. Photographic activity started with older brother Janaki Manaki in 1898 in Janina (today in northern Greece) where he introduced younger brother Milton to the photographs. The most significant part of their creativity comes from the arrival in Bitola where they opened a studio for art photography on the main street - "Sirok sokak". In 1905, Janaki bought a camera "Bioskop 300" in London, which started their cameramen activity and became the first cameraman in the Balkans. Ethnically, a significant number of material (photos) took in their native place - Avdala, as well as in other places where Vlasi lived. In Macedonia, they have made a large number of photographs as well as scenes from the Bitola villages on topics of everyday life, weddings, portraits, which today form the basis for further research. From this scope of ethnology are important also the films "Domestic business", Vodice and others. The photographic heritage of Manaki brothers is kept in the historical archive of Macedonia (Bitolj branch office) where the camera 300 and other photographic equipment are stored. The material has been preserved in the cinema of Macedonia since 1978, and in their honor, every year, there is an international festival of Manaki brothers dedicated to cinematographers in Bitola.
Exhibition created by: Nada Genevska Bračić