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Wund[er]mal

In my photo series “ Wund[er]maI” I photographed an area of lignite extraction in east Germany called Braunkohle Revier Lausitz. It was the biggest lignite extraction place in whole Europe during the DDR times. Also today we are looking on hectares dry, moon - like landscapes. Since more than 100 years many villages disappeared, because of the exploration. Pitted, utilised landscape remind us about the domination of human being, the scale and kind of our activities on planet Earth.

Marcelina Wellmer’s project Wund[er]mal is a photographic journey to open-pit coal mines in the Lausitz region. Due to decades of extraction, many villages, farmland and forests have disappeared; further settlements are to make way, despite the planned exit. To the present landscapes photographed by the artist, she added motifs from the Sorbian photo archive. They show people who belonged to the Sorbian minority; the area was their home. The project reflects history in a poetic way, at the same time it warns of our future actions: it shows the consequences of social and cultural contexts and the limits of the exploitation of nature.