Inspiring TateShots interview with German photographer Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, best known for her conceptual black and white images of barren environments.
Growing up in an architecture family, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg is no stranger to the power and influence buildings have on their environment and those who inhabit them. This early influence and being born in 1983, which Ursula refers to in her own words as the time of destruction, shaped Ursula’s creative instinct. Driving the focus of her art form to preserve the beauty and true likeness of those structures for future generations.
Through her body of work, Ursula captures the essence of these forgotten spaces and allows us to experience them in their varying stages of decay. From nuclear test facilities in Kazakhstan to spaces destroyed by colonialism, Ursula has dedicated her life’s work to ensure they aren’t forgotten by creating an incredibly poignant archive ensuring they are never forgotten.
Now eighty years old, Ursula looks back on her creative journey with a wisdom only time and experience allow and speaks honestly about the journeys and spaces that inspired her images, sharing very candid moments within her creative process.
Join Ursula as she voyages through her life’s work in this truly inspiring episode of TateShots. Be sure to keep an eye on The Tate Modern’s YouTube channel and give it a subscribe to receive more inspiring interviews and videos!