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Umbra nominated for Deutsche Börse 2015, 17 April 2015 - 7 June 2015

17 April – 7 June 2015

This year’s shortlist reflects a diversity of attitudes towards the medium underpinned by an exploration into new and unexpected modes of presentation incorporating video, text, object and wall-based photographic displays.

Viviane Sassen (b. 1972, Netherlands) has been nominated for her exhibition Umbra at Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (8 March – 1 June 2014).

Encompassing abstract photography, drawings, light installations the work is accompanied by specially commissioned poems from artist and poet, Maria Barnas. Sassen’s distinctive and experimental approach to image foregrounds vivid colour alongside stark contrasts of light and shade in sculptural compositions where form and content verge on abstraction.

In Umbra, Latin for shadow, the characteristic qualities of Sassen’s work: vibrant colour, deep shadows, here support darker sensibilities, informed by the Jungian notion of the ‘shadow self’, which taps into personal fear, desire and shame as well as expressing more abstract concepts of the unknown, time and death.

The other nominees are Nikolai Bakharev, Zanele Muholi and Patrick Waterhouse.

This year's judges are Chris Boot, Executive Director, Aperture Foundation; Rineke Dijkstra, Artist;Peter Gorschlüter, Deputy Director, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst and Anne Marie Beckmann, Curator, Art Collection Deutsche Börse.

The winner will be announced at a special award ceremony held at The Photographers’ Gallery on 28 May 2015.

Umbra nominated for Deutsche Börse 2015, 17 April 2015 - 7 June 2015
The Photographers Gallery
London, UK