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Solo Exhibition

_:* Portraits of Artists

Sibylle Fendt

We should all be feminists.“
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author

Musician Peaches sits enthroned in front of a group of black dressmaker’s dummies thrown together, photographer Katharina Bosse lies in a bathtub in red light, as if in a darkroom, author Hengameh Yaghoobifarah leans back in an armchair in a tight-fitting dress, dancer Oska Borcherding performs on a flat roof, the Berlin skyline in the background, and actress Bettina Hoppe simply stands in her living room.

Since 2021, Berlin photographer Sibylle Fendt, herself a member of the renowned agency OSTKREUZ, has been portraying artists, actors, authors, musicians and filmmakers. She skilfully transfers the traditional genre of artist portrait into the modern age with her medium-format camera and analogue film material: in bright colours, large-scale, simple or playful, using double exposures and deliberate staging, she explores the work of artists of different generations and backgrounds with sensitivity and great intensity. Her work began with an examination of the role of women in the art world. Thus many of those portrayed are united by the fact that feminism and the breaking open of traditional gender roles play a central role in their live and occupation. Sibylle Fendt, however, does not want to place womanhood at the centre of her work, but rather a feminist positioning. “My pictures depict personalities, not genders!” says the photographer.

_:* Portraits of Artists provides a unique insight into the variety and diversity of contemporary artistic practice and introduces us to its representatives, who all too often operate away from the limelight.

Sibylle Fendt (*1974 in Karlsruhe) studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld and is a member of OSTKREUZ – Agentur der Fotografen. She works for magazines and companies in the field of portrait and social documentary photography, teaches photography at various universities and works continuously on freelance long-term projects that are exhibited internationally. Her themes are social exclusion, gender studies, psychological, social, illnessrelated crises and just plain „normal“ life. The portrait is at the centre of her work.

Katharina Bosse, Photographer © Sibylle Fendt / Ostkreuz
Ina Holub, Queer-Body-Positivity-Activist © Sibylle Fendt / Ostkreuz
Heinrich Horwitz, Actor, Choreographer and Director © Sibylle Fendt / Ostkreuz
Peaches, Singer and Producer © Sibylle Fendt / Ostkreuz
Martina Bertoni, Cellist and Composer © Sibylle Fendt / Ostkreuz
Bettina Hoppe, Actress © Sibylle Fendt / Ostkreuz
Erika Stürmer-Alex, Artist © Sibylle Fendt / Ostkreuz
Hengameh Yaghoobifarah, Author © Sibylle Fendt / Ostkreuz
Sky Deep, Producer, DJane and Filmmaker © Sibylle Fendt / Ostkreuz

Framework program

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Thursday, May 5, 2022, 7 pm
Opening Reception
Katharina Mouratidi (Artistic Director f³ – freiraum für fotografie) and Sibylle Fendt (Photographer) in conversation with Ina Holub (Queer-Body-Positivity-Activist) and Katharina Bosse (Photographer).

f³ – freiraum für fotografie | FOTO-FÜHRUNG

Sunday, May 8 + June 5, 2022, 11 am
FOTO-FÜHRUNG (DE)
Guided tour through the exhibition in German. Admission 5 € | reduced 3 €.
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f³ – freiraum für fotografie | Sibylle Fendt »_:* Portraits of Artists«

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 7 pm
#feministWednesday 01
With Heinrich Horwitz (director, choreographer, actor) and Goodyn Green (photographer, queer porn filmmaker), presented by Sibylle Fendt.
With her guests, photographer Sibylle Fendt talks about their involvement in the queer art scene and the everyday hurdles that have to be overcome in their work. Goodyn Green gives insights into her renowned queer pornographic work and talks about the need to fill the void of queer pornography and queer erotic photography. Heinrich Horwitz’s work as a director, choreographer and actor is always about breaking down gender roles and norms.
Admission 8 € | reduced 5 €. The event is open to persons aged 18 and over.
The number of participants is limited, so we recommend booking an online ticket.

#FEMINISTWEDNESDAY 02 at f³ – freiraum für fotografie. With Joris Bas Backer (comic artist and illustrator) and Julia Zejn (comic artist and illustrator), moderated by Sibylle Fendt.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 7 pm
#feministWednesday 02
With Joris Bas Backer (comic artist and illustrator) and Julia Zejn (comic artist and illustrator), moderated by Sibylle Fendt.
With her guests, photographer Sibylle Fendt talks about the process of creating their graphic novels, about the personal motives of the two comic artists to bring the issues they address into the public sphere, and about the need to overcome gender-specific prejudices. Joris Bas Backer reads from his current gravic novel Küsse für Jet, which tells the story of a teenager who discovers over time that he is more of a boy than a girl. Julia Zejn presents her current graphic novel Other Circumstances. It is about an unwanted pregnancy and the protagonist’s wish to be allowed to decide her own future.
Held mainly in German, with some English.
Admission 8 € | reduced 5 €. The number of participants is limited, so we recommend booking an online ticket.

f³ – freiraum für fotografie | Sibylle Fendt »_:* Portraits of Artists«

Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 7 pm
#feministWednesday
The authors Hengameh Yaghoobifarah, Fatma Aydemir and Sasha Marianna Salzmann read from their current works, presented by Sibylle Fendt.
Admission 8 € | reduced 5 €. The number of participants is limited, so we recommend booking an online ticket.

Supported by:
Supported by: Bundesverband Soziokultur - NEUSTART KULTUR
f³ – freiraum für fotografie

May 6 — June 19, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 5, 7 pm
+ Framework program: please see above

Waldemarstraße 17, 10179 Berlin
[District: Mitte | Borough: Mitte]

Opening hours: Wed – Sun 1 – 7 pm

Admission: 5 € / reduced 3 € | Time slot ticket recommended

+++ Please pay attention to the current Corona regulations of the respective gallery/institution. +++ Bitte beachten Sie die aktuellen Corona-Bestimmungen der jeweiligen Galerie/Institution.

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