After their whirlwind 16-day expedition in China, Samantha and Angelica arrived safely back in Maastricht. However, the end of their expedition in China does not mean the end of this project. They have brought back a lot of footage and pictures. These will be reworked into a documentary. Stay tuned for some interesting events. 

Day 16 found Samantha and Angelica at the last stop of their expedition in China, in the capital city of Tibet, Lhasa. The Jesuits, Grueber and d’Orville had stopped in Lhasa for three months to rest and prepare for their journey back to Europe after their five-month long journey through China after leaving Beijing.

Once in Lhasa, the Jesuits spent a lot of time learning about Tibetan culture but their opinion was clearly biased by their Christian views and teachings, which we can see through the many excerpts posted by the girls. 

Potala Palace in Lhasa Tibet

Potala Palace in Lhasa Tibet

After their whirlwind 16-day expedition in China, Samantha and Angelica arrived safely back in Maastricht but they couldn’t stop reminiscing about their trip and the connection they felt to the Jesuits who travelled centuries before them.

Documentary

The end of their expedition in China does not mean the end of this project. There will be screenings of a documentary, based on hours of footage and pictures  from their trip. In the meantime go and see a mini-exhibition in the Parlour room of the Inner City Library which contains many excerpts, photos, and souvenirs from their expedition, in addition to the original work which inspired it all, Kircher’s China Illustrata.

Mini-exhibition in the Parlour

Mini-exhibition in the Parlour

The day after they had arrived in Maastricht, the girls took part in an interview for the Language Centre newsletter, recounting their days spent in China and all the funny and exciting stories they now have from their expedition.

Gala evening

The Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design (MAFAD) challenged her students to come up with their artistic interpretation of Kircher’s China Illustrata taking into account the experiences of the two girls as well.

The girls giving a presentation at MAFAD

The girls giving a presentation at MAFAD

At  MAFAD the girls gave a presentation for the students so they could get a first-hand account of the journey undertaken by the Jesuits whose footsteps Samantha and Angelica followed. 

Samantha followed up at MAFAD a few weeks later and got to see the first round of presentations by the students whose works are wide-ranging and very promising! Their works will be presented at a gala celebrating the University’s Special Collections at the end of November.

The students at MAFAD are hard at work

The students at MAFAD are hard at work

Get an update of events related to the expediton at the blog: Two girls on Exedition in China.

The Expedition in China was made possible with the support of the University Fund (Universiteitsfonds Limburg) and the Maastricht Academic Heritage Fund. Special thanks to the UM Language Centre.

 

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