Photographs from Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’s Explorations at the Archivo General de Indias in Seville, are on display through the 16th of September, 2020, at The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory in Berlin.
In an impressive series, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg documents the monumental archive of the Spanish colonial power in Seville – images that give an idea of what the shelves house: stories of voyages of discovery, of the hubris of the rulers and momentous documents such as the treaty to divide the world.
Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’s previously unpublished, historically unique photographs show the Archivo General de Indias in Seville before its general renovation in 2001. 300 years of Spanish colonial history in America have been archived here since 1785, 8,000 maps and around 90 million documents – including Columbus’ logbook as well as the famous “Treaty of Tordesillas”, in which in 1494 the kings of Portugal and Spain, mediated by the Pope, drew a line through the Atlantic and thus divided the newly discovered and yet to be discovered countries of the world among themselves.
There will be a book presentation and lecture with historian Martin Zimmermann, Saturday, September 12th, 2020, 4pm