Photographer Ursula Schulz-Dornburg (b. 1938) has dedicated the past forty years to the exploration of border areas, places of transit and relics of past cultures. The Städel Museum currently presents 13 photographic series created in the years from 1980 to 2012 – comprising more than 200 images. Titled The Land In-Between, the showcase represents the most comprehensive survey of Schulz-Dornburg’s oeuvre to date.
In her work, the Dusseldorf-based artist captures cultural and religious sites in Europe, Asia and the Near East, as well as placing a particular focus on the visible and invisible borders within these continents and regions. Her analogue black-and-white photographs are documents of erased landscapes, past political systems, vanishing cultures and fading societies. Imbued with both ethnological curiosity and an archeological perspective, Schulz-Dornburg’s images combine documentary and political photography with conceptual art and a desire to raise awareness.
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