von Brandenburg
Date of birth
After training in set design, Ulla von Brandenburg thoroughly developed a language based on theater’s self-reflection throughout the twentieth century. Her works speak of phantasmatic apparitions and open up doorways onto other worlds, where different corporeal and mental dimensions reign. One of her most well-known works, created for a 2003 exhibition at the Kunstverien Braunschweig, consists of an 1858 photograph by Henry Peach Robinson, entitled Fading Away, which she displayed on a large wall. The photo portrays a young woman on her deathbed, in the presence of three family members.
The moment of her passing is the threshold between two worlds and, even more, it is the photograph that immortalizes the ambiguous instant when life falls away, since it freezes the scene in an eternal present and amplifies the apprehension about an unknown future. [...]
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