Holzbachtal, nothing, nothing
Sibylle Fendt portrays male refugees at a remote accommodation facility in the Black Forest. She spent three years going back and forth to the Holzbachtal to accompany the refugees throughout their monotonous days. They risked a great deal to get to Germany. Nature is the only thing around them that changes. Their hopelessness is reinforced by the lonely silence of the Black Forest and indirectly tells of the enticements and disappointments of the “myth of Europe”.
Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1974.
1993–95: Master’s degree in art history, sociology, and philosophy, University of Karlsruhe.
1996–2002: Studied photography at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld under Roman Bezjak.
2003: Master class with Joop Swart, Word Press Photo Foundation.
2004–06: Visiting student at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main under Wolfgang Tillmans.
Since 2008: Lecturer at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin.
2010: Joined OSTKREUZ.
2012: Gärtners Reise (publication), Kehrer, Heidelberg.
2019-20: Interim professor at the Hochschule Hannover, department of photojournalism and documentary photography.
2020: Trauern (group show), Kunsthalle Hamburg; Holzbachtal, nothing, nothing (publication), Kehrer, Heidelberg.
Sibylle Fendt lives in Berlin.