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LEXICON shown at the Venice Biennale, 1 June 2013 - 24 November 2013

Series of work by Viviane Sassen, curator Massimiliano Gioni, Biennale Arte 2013

For the 55th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition, The Encyclopedic Palace, Viviane Sassen presents Lexicon, an installation of 30 prints.

As the title suggests, the work can be seen as offering a point of departure from which to explore Sassen’s aesthetic and imaginative world, revealing key elements of her visual vocabulary.

Lexicon features images from Sassen’s acclaimed publications Flamboya (2008) and Parasomnia (2011), in addition to some previously unpublished photographs. Specifically for this installation, the photographs have all been printed at the same size, 30 x 42cm, like ‘cue cards’ to an understanding of the artist’s discourse.

Sassen describes the logic of the presentation as “a kind of ordered chaos. I never work in series; I rather build collections of related images. If you combine photographs in a particular way you can tell stories that go further than an isolated image.” The men and women in her photographs are in a sense also combinations of images; they are more compositions than individuals.

LEXICON shown at the Venice Biennale, 1 June 2013 - 24 November 2013
La Biennale di Venezia
Venice, Italy