Nora Bibel
bangaloREsident@Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum

Nora Bibel was born in Munich in 1971 and has lived in Berlin since 1999. She travels often for her work, worldwide. She graduated in Photography from the University of Bielefeld and works as freelance artist and photographer. She also teaches photography in Berlin (Professor at HMKW Berlin and BEST-Sabel). She has exhibited internationally in group shows and solo exhibitions.

A book project for Germany’s Federal Foreign Office led her to Vietnam in 2009 and sparked an intense period of travel and work in Asia. Her main focus there is the interplay and impact of social change and personal fates.
Nora Bibel - Portrait © Nora Bibel Her portraiture and book project Que Huong (“Home”), which has been shown in Hanoi by the German Embassy as well as in solo and group exhibitions at several locations in Germany, documents how the concept of “home” changed for Vietnamese who returned to their homeland after living for many years as immigrants abroad. These are quiet, concentrated and precise images seemingly of everyday scenes yet in fact of staged moments quasi suspended in time, co-choreographed by the subjects.
In early 2014, Nora Bibel was in Myanmar with a grant from VG Bild-Kunst to realise her project “Myanmar’s Driving Force,” in which she examined the effects of the country’s recent radical socio-political change on groups of individuals who played an active part in bringing about that change.
At the end of 2014, she was bangaloREsident@1 Shanthi Road and worked on a collection of Joint Family Portraits in Bangalore for her series: Family comes first. In India, the joint family is a sacred institution deeply rooted in Hindu heritage. Though extended families exist in most parts of rural India and some cities, joint families are harder and harder to find. But still, if you start to search for three generations under one roof, you will find a lot.

Nora Bibel is back on the invitation of the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum to explore the historic Chala Bazar in Thiruvananthapuram in its various manifestations and dimensions, and document these for posterity. Chalai Market was officially established towards the end of 18th century by Raja Kesavadas, Dewan of Travancore. Nowadays Chalai is still a busy place, but old houses are slowly disappearing and many family-run businesses in the third generation have closed down. Nora Bibel’s pics will try to stop the march of time.

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