About the exhibition
Born in Berlin in 1938 and based in Düsseldorf today, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg has centred on border landscapes, places of transit, and relics of outmoded cultures since the early 1970s. Her photographs confront us with cult and cultural sites in Europe, Asia, and the Near East and, above all, with the visible and invisible boundaries between these continents and regions. Mostly in black and white and comprising numerous parts, the series of photographs taken there are a testimony to vanished sceneries, past political systems, crumbling civilisations, and disappearing societies. Fuelled by ethnological curiosity and betraying an archaeologist’s eye, her pictures reveal the blurry fringes and points of intersection of today’s life between globalised everyday world and its blind spots on the threshold between conceptual art and enlightened approach.
Assembling fourteen series, the exhibition offers a first institutional overall survey of Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’s artistic development and the photographer’s creative range over the past forty years.
Illustration: Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Echiniadzin - Erevan, Armenia, 2002 (part of the series of bus stops in Armenia), © Ursula Schulz-Dornburg