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Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’s photos keep bygone eras alive

Pictures for posterity: Düsseldorf-based Ursula SchulzDorn­burg is showing her impressive works at Berlin's Aedes Architektu­rforum.


Massive pillars support the overhangin­g wooden shingle roof of the stilt house where the village's harvest is stored. Two women sit with their children in a lumbung: a rice barn, that was once seen all across Indonesia and that still exists in some rural places.

Ursula Schulz-Dornburg captured this lumbung through her lens 40 years ago. It is part of her collection of works that focus on the disintegra­tion of landscapes and architectu­re, and the subsequent loss of social and cultural experience­s.

The Düsseldorf-based photograph­er has traveled extensivel­y. Her photograph­s, a selection of which Berlin's Aedes Architektu­rforum is showing in an exhibition titled "Verschwund­ene Landschaft­en" (Vanished Land

scapes), are a mixture of reportage and documentar­y photograph­y.

Incidental­ly the lumbung, which has traditiona­lly been a place of social gathering, was also chosen by the organizers of the next Art Documenta, as a

symbol of global networking that reflects contempora­ry society. Documenta is a contempora­ry art exhibition, which takes place every five years in the German city of Kassel.

Numerous photo books

Some of her works have already been exhibited elsewhere, for example, at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt and Museum Ludwig in Cologne. The now 83-year-old SchulzDorn­burg has also published numerous photo books in collaborat­ion with the culture pages of German newspapers.

For the upcoming exhibition, all the photograph­s of SchulzDron­burg's travels have been sorted into five sections, and they all share one thing in common: they are about places that no longer exist today. These include her impression­s of the marshlands that once thrived at the confluence of the Tigris-Euphrates Rivers, which she photograph­ed in 1980, before they were drained for political and economic reasons, the rock caves of Syrian monks along the Georgian-Azerbaijan­i border, the Bugis houses in Sulawesi, and her journey from Sanaa to Mar'ib in Yemen. Like her pictures of the lumbung, they bear witness to bygone eras and ways of life.

The exhibition runs from July 17 through September 9, 2021 at Berlin's Aedes Architectu­re Forum.

This article has been translated from German.

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Ursula Schulz-Dornburg has created an impressive body of work

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