The Land In-between.
Photographs from 1980 to 2012
Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main
– 9 September 2018
Presenting over 200 examples of her work from 1980 to 2012, the exhibition “The Land In-between” is the first museum retrospective of the photographer Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Her analogue black and white photographs show “places of transit, border landscapes, and cult sites of bygone cultures”.
Invisible, forgotten, and disappearing cultures and processes are made visible in Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’s series of images. Her pictures are located in the European and Asian cultural areas as well as in the Middle East. She focuses especially on the visualisation and dissolution of boundaries, which are by no means always topographical in nature, but also relate to culture, society, and politics. Against this backdrop, her style of photography can be described as the “interfaces between documentarism and political photography, between concept art and a sense of responsibility”. While some of the superficial imagery may come across as somewhat sober, a closer look at the images often reveals a political or socially relevant message. For Schulz-Dornburg, a photographed landscape is not just a topographical place, but also a testimony of a given era and its social structures.
In her exhibitions, she places images of the past in the context of the present, and recalls the past cultures and structures of a country, following the traces of people through various times, conflicts, and changes.
Ursula Schulz-Dornburg will give three guided tours herself as part of the exhibition. There is also an opportunity to take part in a photography course at the Städel Museum and an art talk. An exhibition catalogue published by Mack Verlag is also available.