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Museum De Buitenplaats

Museum De Buitenplaats

Ulrike Schmitz

THE MISSING LINK (2013-2015)

In 2013, the genetic make-up of the male Neanderthal, which became extinct 39,000 years ago, was decoded. Since then scientists have been attempting to artificially reproduce this genome in a human stem cell, which could theoretically be implanted in a surrogate mother. The rebirth of the Neanderthal is therefore a serious possibility. In her series THE MISSING LINK, Ulrike Schmitz uses this idea as a starting point for a surreal reflection on our changing place in evolutionary history, from a passive follower of nature to an active creator, in which she depicts the scientific steps involved in recreating the Neanderthal.


Ulrike Schmitz (East Germany, 1975) is a photographer and a lawyer. In 2012, she completed her Photography studies at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin. Since 2016, she has been following the Master’s degree Art in Context at the Berlin University of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited across Europe and in Mexico and the United States. In 2013, she published her book Museum of your Memory.