Late German photographer captures 'edge of the world'

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A photo exhibition of works by late German photographer Sibylle Bergemann will be held at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi from Oct 12 to Nov 12.


Titled "I'm interested in the edge of the world, not in the middle," the exhibition will feature Bergemann's portrait and fashion work.


According to a press release from Goethe Institute, Sibylle Bergemann (1941-2010) was one of the most important and progressive photographers of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), informally called East Germany.


Her timeless portraits and fashion photographs for the magazine "Sibyl" created style icons for an entire generation.


"Next to the fashion, many of her photos that critically reflect the social developments of her time have made history, including the picture of the two Graces, posing in beach chairs with mouths turned down and thus setting a counterpoint to the feminine ideal in the GDR," says the press release.


"With her photos, Sibylle Bergemann documented the desire for freedom and the creative potential that could develop in spite of political restrictions, for example, in the field of fashion."


"Her portrait photos also show that Sibylle Bergemann was a sensitive observer. Whether it is rock star Nina Hagen with her "‹"‹mother, or the series of mentally disabled actors, the people in her photographs are presented with dignity and authenticity and always meet the highest aesthetic standards."


"Sibylle Bergemann created and documented a piece of German history, and to this day her work has not lost its relevance and is valued internationally."


The event will also include a lecture "Sibylle Bergemann and the photography of GDR" by Matthias Fluegge on the opening day.  Admission is free.


The Goethe Institute is located on 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc.


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