Sibylle BergemannParis

Sibylle Bergemann


1979 – 1982

Paris is, and always has been, a destination many dream of. Sibylle Bergemann, a cofounder of OSTKREUZ who died in 2010, traveled to the city on the Seine many times: twice before the Iron Curtain fell, in the years 1979 and 1982, and then many times after ward. She and her fellow photographer friends founded the OSTKREUZ agency in Paris in 1990. The photographer left her hometown of Berlin only to find the familiar abroad. Her pictures of Paris are tinged with tart melancholy. The dog in the cemetery, the lady and her wine glass, the girls in the parks —Bergemann’s Paris is neither magnificent nor loud. It belongs to the people who inhabit the city. She pays close attention to it.

A vision of beautiful sorrow: that is how Bergemann herself described her photo graphic view of the exterior world, which also always alluded to the interior. In preparation for these trips, Bergemann learned to speak French; she wanted to be involved and to understand. Her photographs of Paris, time less in their yearning for bound lessness and affection, give lively evidence of events experienced by a European woman who was a citizen of the world.

Sibylle Bergemann

Born in Berlin in 1941 and died north of Berlin in 2010.
1958–60: Business management training.
1966: Began studying photography under Arno Fischer.
From 1967 on: Worked as freelance photographer.
1977: Joined the East German association of visual artists (VBK).
1990: Founding member of OSTKREUZ. Member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, since 1994.
2004: Finissage, Abschied vom Schiffbauerdamm (exhibition), with Arno Fischer in their apartment on Schiffbauerdamm, Berlin.
2006: Sibylle Bergemann: Photographien (solo show), Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
From 2009 on: World tour of Sibylle Bergemann: Photographien sponsored by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa).
2010: The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today (group show), Museum of Modern Art, New York.
2011: Sibylle Bergemann: Polaroids (solo show), C/O Berlin.
2017: Frauen: Und in Farbe (solo show), Loock Galerie, Berlin.
2019: Durch Mauern gehen (group show), Gropius Bau, Berlin.
2021: Trautes Heim, allein (group show), Schloss Kummerow, photography collection.