“On a deeper level, the stories I tell through photography and film, revolve around the question


How to stay tender-hearted, despite despite despite?


What I mean is, when we are born into this world we are all tender-hearted. Then life happens, and our hearts are bound to be affected and afflicted – sometimes broken, sometimes hardened. I consider my work as a reminder of where we once came from, and as an encouragement to return to this place within ourselves, again and again, despite everything that happens to us.”

ANNA SIBYLLA is an Italian-Dutch artist with Asian roots, born in the South Tyrolean Spa town of Merano (Italy) and raised in Amsterdam. 



F I L M 


After studying Film- & TV Sciences at the University of Amsterdam and at the international program of the FAMU (the Czech National Film School) in Prague, she eventually graduated in directing from the Italian national film school Scuola Nazionale di Cinema of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome.


Since then, Anna has been selected for various training and masterclasses, such as the Torino Film Lab, Berlinale Talent Campus, EKRAN, Scuola Holden, and Film Spring Open, with tutors like Jane Campion, Slawomir Idziak, Abbas Kiarostami, Paul Haggis, Ildiko Enyedi, and several others.


She has shot various short and medium-length films in both digital, 16mm and 35mm, among which two short films starring Italian actress and muse Alba Rohrwacher. One of Anna's projects won the first prize of the Sound & Scenario Writing Workshop at the Unheard Film Festival of Amsterdam, under guidance of Michel Schöpping. Her first feature film project got adopted by South Tyrolean producer Karl “Baumi” Baumgartner, founder of German film production company Pandora Film. The project received script development funding from IDM South Tyrol Film Fund



P H O T O G R A P H Y 


After a series of turbulent life events, Anna had to take a break from film making for a while. In the middle of the Covid-19 lockdowns, when the whole world was on hold, she began her photographic practice as a way to process and explore her feelings. A five-week online FotoFilmic masterclass with Dutch photographer Hellen van Meene inspired Anna to find her voice again through photography, which offered full freedom to create autonomously from the confinement of her home, which is where most of her work has been shot so far.  


In 2021 Anna got selected for the Fresh Eyes European Talent publication; a yearly photography guide featuring a selection of the most promising emerging European photography talents. Various publications and group exhibitions in Tokyo and Seoul followed, and a solo exhibition at the CICA Museum in South-Korea will take place this summer, 2024.


Anna’s background in film and storytelling forms the foundation of her photography work, which mainly focuses on the lives and experiences of women and girls; in particular on coming-of-age and other moments of transition and metamorphosis. Her ethereal portraits and still lifes are exclusively shot with natural and available light, adding to a sense of delicate intimacy. Recurring settings are old buildings and spaces that exist outside of time and space, imbued with nostalgia and an awareness for the impermanence of things.


N E W  P R O J E C T S 
Since last autumn 2023 Anna has started writing a new feature film project entitled 'The Korea Quartet'. To be continued… 

2024 UPCOMING – solo exhibition at the CICA Museum, Gimpo – SOUTH KOREA


2023 Signs of Impermanence, group show, ZeroFeedbackJinny Street Gallery, Tokyo – JAPAN


2022 Into the Darkness, group show, FLOOR Gallery, Seoul – SOUTH KOREA


2021 CONCEPT2021, group show, CICA Museum, Gimpo – SOUTH KOREA


2021 Rotterdam Photo Book Market, group show, Rotterdam – NL





2021 FRESH EYES PHOTO European Talent

2021 Too Tired Project Anthology, Volume I  

2022 MILKED Magazine, Nr 4




2021 100 Visions of Fatherhood, The Luupe

2021 Still Life online exhibition, Lenscratch





Is Anna Sibylla your real name? 


Anna Sibylla is my artist name. However, my actual first name is also Anna, and my second name starts with the letter 'S' as well. That is all I would like to say about it for now.