NL Imagined | Group Exhibition, Shanghai Center of Photography , Shanghai Center of Photography, Shanghai / Beijing, China, 16 December 2022 - 9 April 2023
Stanze, Foto Forum, Bolzano, Italy, 25 November 2022 - 3 December 2022
Objects of Desire, the Design Museum , the Design Museum, London, UK, 14 October 2022 - 19 February 2023
Curated with Vitra Design Museum, the exhibition explores design from the birth of surrealism in 1924 to the current day; spanning classic Surrealist works of art and design as well as contemporary Surrealist responses.
Queerness in Photography | Orlando, C/O Berlin , C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 17 September 2022 - 18 January 2023
Asama international Photo festival, Miyota Museum of Photography , Miyota Museum of Photography, Nagano, Japan, 16 July 2022 - 4 September 2022
Modern Alchemy | Book presentation, Les Rencontres d’Arles , Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France, 4 July 2022 - 25 September 2022
Modern Alchemy is the brainchild of Viviane Sassen and Emanuele Coccia. The photographer and the philosopher—both leading figures in their fields—weaved together images and words, engaging in a fruitful dialogue deeply rooted in the Champagne terroir and the inspiring relationship Maison Perrier-Jouët entertains with art and nature.
Venus & Mercury – untold stories of French Versailles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, 29 June 2022 - 28 October 2022
photo: Ive Trojanovic
Art Basel 2022 | Stevenson Gallery, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 16 June 2022 - 19 June 2022
FLASH I BACK, Mauritshuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1 June 2022 - 16 October 2022
Viviane Sassen & Cian-Yu Bai, Art Rotterdam , Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 18 May 2022 - 22 May 2022
Orlando - Based on a novel by Virginia Woolf, Fotomuseum Winterthur , Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland, 26 February 2022 - 29 May 2022
The 1928 novel Orlando tells the story of a young noble person in the age of Queen Elizabeth I who lives for centuries without ageing and has the mysterious ability to switch gender. In 1992, film-maker Sally Potter devised what has become a classic adaptation of the book with actress Tilda Swinton in the title role. ‘I see Orlando as a story about the life and development of a human striving to become liberated entirely from the constructs of prescriptive gender or social norms of any kind,’ Tilda Swinton says of Woolf’s story.
Friendship. Nature. Culture | 44 Years of the Daimler Art Collection, Daimler Contemporary Berlin , Daimler Contemporary Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 23 October 2021 - 29 May 2022
The anniversary exhibition ‘Friendship. Nature. Culture. 44 Years of the Daimler Art Collection’ looks back on the development of an internationally renowned corporate collection. From over 3,000 artworks in the collection, founded in 1977, about 100 works by ca. 70 artists have been selected. Relating, in a broad sense, to contemporary phenomena in the context of friendship, nature and culture, the artistic works from a period of 100 years form networks and explore the interplay between art and human coexistence.
Secret Wing / Aripa Secreta, Timisoara Național Art Museum , Timisoara Național Art Museum, Timisoara, Romania, 20 September 2021 - 15 November 2021
Secret Wing is a metaphor, encapsulating the tensions and contradictions of a postmodern poetics permeated by an acute sense of loneliness and isolation. The exhibition takes as a starting point the idea that the 1980’s activated inner and collective resources forging prolific intersections between art and poetry. This decade is significant, because, having immediately preceded the reunification of Europe through the implosion of the communist regimes and the fall of the Berlin Wall, it led to a burst of creativity and a high concentration of artistic resources and moral resistance.
Paint Studies, 2021
Viviane Sassen’s language shifted when she introduced ink, paint and collage to her photographic practice, deepening the surrealist and sculptural element in her imagery. Her experiments with uncanny shadows, fragmented bodies and dream-like landscapes project mundane scenes into the realm of the fantastical. In other instances, the chasm between reality and the imagined is more subtle; the viewer is seduced by the texture of Sassen’s constructions, while simultaneously disoriented by her unexpected moments of fiction.
STUDIOS / Paint Studies, Viviane Sassen, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 13 May 2021 - 29 May 2021
photo: Jonathan de Waart
Consequences / Cadavre Exquis, 2020
Viviane Sassen created a series of new collages especially for this exhibition. They are based on the ‘exquisite corpse’ technique: a creative game that surrealists were fond of playing. Body parts are connected in ways that produce odd hybrid creatures.
Venus & Mercury, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1 June 2020 - 30 August 2020
photo: Eddo Hartmann
Venus & Mercury, Huis Marseille , Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1 June 2020 - 30 August 2020
In the spring of 2020 - 8 years after her highly acclaimed exhibition In and Out of Fashion - Viviane Sassen returns to Huis Marseille with the monumental exhibition Venus & Mercury. This exhibition originated in Versailles where Sassen created new work, inspired by various histories around the French court in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Especially for Huis Marseille, Sassen made a number of installations that refer to its canal houses in relation to the history of Amsterdam in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Venus & Mercury, 2020
Viviane Sassen’s new body of work, Venus & Mercury, was commissioned by the Palace of Versailles for the exhibition Visible/Invisible, curated by Alfred Pacquement and Jean de Loisy and currently on view at the Grand Trianon. For six months Sassen was given private, after-hours access to Versailles. During this time, she delved into the archives, and used the artifacts and architecture of the palace to create a body of new photographs and collages.
The Henie Onstad Triennial for Photography and New Media, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway, 21 February 2020 - 16 May 2020
photo: Øystein Thorvaldsen
The Henie Onstad Triennial for Photography and New Media, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter , Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway, 21 February 2020 - 16 May 2020
The inaugural Triennial for Photography and New Media at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Norway will bring together recent work of 31 international artists. It will be the first major international presentation of experimental photography of its kind in Norway and will fill all three gallery spaces of the ground floor at the museum.
Pictures from Another Wall, Museum De Pont, Tilburg, the Netherlands, 15 February 2020 - 5 July 2020
The tears of Eros, Centraal Museum Utrecht , Centraal Museum Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands, 15 February 2020 - 24 May 2020
Discover the contemporary in surrealism in The tears of Eros: Moesman, Surrealism and the Sexes. Johannes Moesman (1909-1988) was the only Dutch artist to be formally ranked among the surrealists. This exhibition contextualizes his oeuvre with that of his famous international peers, including Salvador Dalí, René Magritte and Max Ernst.
Pictures from Another Wall, Museum de Pont , Museum de Pont, Tilburg, the Netherlands, 15 February 2020 - 5 July 2020
Huis Marseille, Museum voor Fotografie in Amsterdam, bestaat twintig jaar. Met een tentoonstelling van zo’n honderd werken uit de collectie wordt dit lustrum gevierd in de nieuwe vleugel van de Tilburgse zusterinstelling museum De Pont. In de afgelopen twee decennia heeft Huis Marseille een mooie verzameling bijeengebracht van ruim zevenhonderd fotowerken van internationaal toonaangevende fotografen als Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky, Andres Serrano, Deana Lawson, Viviane Sassen en Jean-Luc Mylayne. Maar ook minder gevestigde namen zijn vertegenwoordigd, zoals Jamie Hawkesworth en Julie Greve, die opereren op het snijvlak van mode en kunst.
Orlando, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, USA, 7 February 2020 - 2 May 2020
photo: Henrik Kam
Tokyo 2020 Official Art Posters, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (entrance hall) , Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (entrance hall), Tokyo, Japan, 6 January 2020 - 16 February 2020
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture will hold a Tokyo 2020 Official Art Posters Exhibition at the entrance hall of Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo from Tuesday, 7 January to Sunday, 16 February, 2020. The Tokyo 2020 official art posters (20 in total) will be unveiled for the first time to the public at this exhibition.
Body Performance, Helmut Newton Foundation Museum für Fotografie, Berlin, Germany, 30 November 2019 - 10 May 2020
Body Performance, Helmut Newton Foundation , Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany, 30 November 2019 - 10 May 2020
Performance is an independent art form and photography is its constant companion. Human actions in front of the camera can be conscious or unconscious, choreographed or accidentally observed. For the first time, this group exhibition brings together photo sequences whose origins lie in performance art, dance, and other staged events, complemented by conceptual photography series. With their common focus on the human body, the images document or interpret performances, which in many cases have also been initiated by the photographers themselves.
Group Show: Moshekwa Langa, Viviane Sassen, and Portia Zvavahera, Andrew Kreps Gallery, 55 Walker, New York, USA, 25 October 2019 - 21 December 2019
Group Show at Andrew Kreps Gallery, 55 Walker, Andrew Kreps Gallery, 55 Walker , Andrew Kreps Gallery, 55 Walker, New York, USA, 25 October 2019 - 21 December 2019
Andrew Kreps Gallery and Stevenson are pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Moshekwa Langa, Viviane Sassen, and Portia Zvavahera at 55 Walker Street. Organized in partnership by the two galleries, the exhibition seeks to explore new collaborative models between galleries and investigate the ways in which regional practices can function beyond geographic borders, and resonate beyond their primary context.
Objects of Desire, Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today, Vitra Design Museum , Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany, 28 September 2019 - 19 January 2020
On 28 September 2019 the Vitra Design Museum will open a major exhibition that offers a comprehensive look at the dialogue between Surrealism and design. For the first time, it will unveil the extent to which Surrealism has influenced design of the past 100 years – from furniture and interiors to graphic design, fashion, and photography.
Hot Mirror, Stevenson Gallery Amsterdam , Stevenson Gallery Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 19 September 2019 - 25 October 2019
Geïnspireerd door de Engelse fotografe Lee Miller ging Viviane Sassen op zoek naar het surrealisme in haar eigen werk. De presentatie combineert haar bekendere werk in fotografie met nieuwe digitale collages, en zet de kijker voortdurend op het verkeerde been. Hot Mirror is Sassen’s eerste galerietentoonstelling in Amsterdam sinds 2011.
Hot Mirror, Stevenson Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 18 September 2019 - 16 October 2019
The 50JPG Triennale, Center of Photography Geneva , Center of Photography Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 June 2019 - 25 August 2019
Focused around a thematic exhibition organized by the CPG au BAC (contemporary art building), the event unfolds its purpose through a vast constellation of more than 30 partner locations in Geneva and its surroundings.
Visible / Invisible, Grand Trianon / Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France, 14 May 2019 - 20 October 2019
Visible / Invisible, Grand Trianon / Palace of Versailles , Grand Trianon / Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France, 14 May 2019 - 20 October 2019
For its twelfth contemporary art event, the Palace of Versailles invites 5 photographers from around the world to the Estate of Trianon, from 14 May 2019 to 20 October 2019. For this event, Dove Allouche, Nan Goldin, Martin Parr, Eric Poitevin and Viviane Sassen unveil new commission that echo the spirit of the venue. Their works, which combines creation and heritage, reveal a new Versailles.
Nude or Naked, Museum Jan Cunen , Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, the Netherlands, 3 February 2019 - 19 May 2019
Naakt of bloot? Deze vraag vormt de rode draad van de exposities Naakt of bloot? Het vrouwelijk naakt in de Nederlandse schilderkunst 1875-1925 en Naakt of bloot in de hedendaagse kunst, te zien vanaf 3 februari 2019.
FREEDOM, Museum de Fundatie , Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, the Netherlands, 19 January 2019 - 12 May 2019
An exhibition entitled Freedom – The Fifty Key Dutch Artworks Since 1968 will open at Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle on 19 January 2019.
Bauhaus and Photography - On new visions in contemporary art, NRW-Forum , NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany, 7 December 2018 - 10 March 2019
The Staatliche Bauhaus not only played a key role in the history of twentieth-century design and art, but also in photography. The exhibition “Bauhaus and Photography—On New Visions in Contemporary Art” at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf brings together photographs by proponents of this “new vision” with works by contemporary artists. The exhibition is part of the centennial program “100 Years of Bauhaus.”
Paris Photo, Grand Palais , Grand Palais, Paris, France, 8 November 2018 - 11 November 2018
Stevenson Gallery, exhibiting at stand A18, has an international exhibition programme with a particular focus on the region. In addition to exhibiting gallery artists, it has brought the work of people like Francis Alÿs, Rineke Dijkstra, Thomas Hirschhorn, Glenn Ligon and Walid Raad to South Africa, often for the first time.
NUDE - The Fragile Body, Museum Kranenburgh , Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, the Netherlands, 24 October 2018 - 3 February 2019
What is nudity in contemporary times? With the exhibition NUDE – The Fragile Body, Museum Kranenburgh considers the changing meaning of nudity in the visual culture of the past decades: from shock to familiarity, from taboo to openness – and sometimes back again.
Frieze London, Regent's Park , Regent's Park, London, UK, 4 October 2018 - 7 October 2018
Frieze London features more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries. View and buy art from over 1,000 of today’s leading artists, and experience the fair’s critically acclaimed curated sections and Talks programme.
FRIEZE Magazine, NO.198, Frieze Magazine , Frieze Magazine, 1 October 2018
Estrus, 2018 C-print with ink / varnish, on the October, 2018 issue of Frieze Magazine and Lacrima, my ode to the work of Lee Miller.
Hot Mirror, Prestel, 2018, Hardcover, Paperback with Jacket, 24x33cm, 95 color illustrations, 9 b/w illustrations, 160 pages
This mid-career retrospective volume focuses on Viviane Sassen’s fine art photography, revealing a surrealist undercurrent in her work.
Selected by Sassen herself from across the last ten years, the images draw on the surrealist strategies of collage and unexpected juxtapositions to give a survey of her practice.
Confusing Public and Private: The 3rd Beijing Photo Biennial, CAFA Art Museum , CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China, 28 September 2018 - 29 October 2018
This year’s biennial is designed as part of the Special Exhibitions section of the 1st Beizhen International Photography Festival and will be held simultaneously at the Culture Industry Center of Beizhen and the CAFA Art Museum. The exhibition will showcase close to 1000 works of some 80 artists from around the world, which will be accompanied by a series of seminars, forums, talks and public education events.
The Gallery Club presents Marie-José Jongerius, Viviane Sassen and Martine Stig, The Gallery Club, Herengracht 528 , The Gallery Club, Herengracht 528, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 15 September 2018 - 16 September 2018
The Gallery Club is a platform for photography, organized around exhibitions, dinners and events. Every edition of The Gallery Club explores the work of a wide range of national and international photographers through a different theme.
Frame Freely, Daegu Photo Biennale , Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, South Korea, 7 September 2018 - 16 October 2018
First held in October 2006, the Daegu Photo Biennale, the largest photography event in South Korea, has been held on a total of six occasions as of 2016. The event, which has grown into one of South Korea’s three largest biennales, has taken root in Daegu a city with a rich culture of photography. Today, Daegu is still the city in South Korea with the highest number of university photography departments, making it the photography capital of South Korea.
Heliotrope, TBW, 2018, Cloth-bound hard cover with tip-on covers, 27.9 x 22.2cm, 84 pages
A clear departure from Sassen's previous book works, Heliotrope alludes to a photographic future with endless technical possibilities for a medium still in its infancy. The ordinary and the magical merge. The series is underpinned by the impulse to explore unknown territories, physical or metaphorical.
Hot Mirror, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK, 22 June 2018 - 7 October 2018
Hot Mirror, The Hepworth Wakefield , The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK, 22 June 2018 - 7 October 2018
'For Hot Mirror Sassen will select individual images from her notable art photography series of the last ten years, as well as new photographs and collages. These selections will be combined to create ‘image-poems’ that draw on the Surrealist strategies of collage. Hot Mirror will also present a new version of Sassen’s immersive film, Totem, 2014, which places the visitor inside a surreal landscape.'
'Vault' shown at Stevenson Gallery booth, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 14 June 2018 - 17 June 2018
photo: Stevenson Gallery
Selected works at Art Basel, Art Basel , Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 14 June 2018 - 17 June 2018
Sassen will be showing selected works at Stevenson gallery and at Pace/MacGill
Stevenson: booth M22
Pace/MacGill: booth A6
Previews 12 and 13 June
Public 14 to 17 June, 11am - 7pm
Of Mud and Lotus, Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 April 2018 - 19 May 2018
The Atlantic Triangle, Mercosul Visual Arts Biennial , Mercosul Visual Arts Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 5 April 2018 - 3 June 2018
'Zanele Muholi, Mame-Diarra Niang, Viviane Sassen and Kemang Wa Lehulere are included in the 11th Mercosul Biennial. This year's iteration is curated by Alfons Hug and Paula Borghi and 'aims to take a look at the triangle that has been linking the destinations of America, Africa and Europe for more than 500 years'.
Biennial of the Possible Image, La Boverie , La Boverie, Liège, Belgium, 17 February 2018 - 1 April 2018
'Viviane Sassen is included in the 2018 edition of the Biennial of the Possible Image. Works from the artist's Lexicon series feature in a section titled Fluo Noir at La Boverie.'
Various artists in More for less at A4, A4 Arts Foundation , A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa, 9 February 2018 - 28 April 2018
'Edson Chagas, Meschac Gaba, Jo Ractliffe, Viviane Sassen and Kemang Wa Lehulere feature in More for Less at A4. Curated by Josh Ginsburg, the exhibition is focused on 'works and practices that fluidly seek to engage entropy and efficiency, waste, residue and offcuts, transactions, propositions, and serious play'.'
The Creative Mind, Gallery Caroline O’Breen , Gallery Caroline O’Breen, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 13 January 2018 - 24 February 2018
'Viviane Sassen features in an exhibition titled The Creative Mind: Eight Artists Photograph Themselves, based on a curatorial proposition by Maura Biava. The exhibition seeks to present works that depict the artist’s state of mind.'
Was ist Weiblich?, ZEITmagazin , ZEITmagazin, Hamburg, Germany, 1 January 2018 - 4 September 2018
Sassen’s weekly image column in ZEITmagazin, each work accompanied by a poem by Maria Barnas.
Roxane II, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, 30 November 2017 - 13 January 2018
Of Mud and Lotus, G/P Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 6 October 2017 - 25 November 2017
In an Out of Fashion, Tbilisi Photo Festival , Tbilisi Photo Festival, Tbilisi, Georgia, 13 September 2017 - 30 September 2017
'For its 8th edition The Tbilisi Photo Festival, the premier showcase for regional and international photography in the Caucasus, is back with its most provocative and diverse program to date! The central theme of festival 2017 is fashion! Fashion is, after all, a genuine representation of identity.'
Lexicon, Foto Kunst Stadform , Foto Kunst Stadform, Innsbruck, Austria, 7 September 2017 - 4 November 2017
'A solo exhibition of Viviane Sassen's work takes place at Foto Kunst Stadform. Focusing on her Lexicon, Flamboya and Parasomnia series, the exhibition observes how Sassen's images 'can be located both in staged and in documentary photography'.'
Lexicon, FO.KU.S , FO.KU.S, Innsbrück, Austria, 6 September 2017 - 4 November 2017
UMBRA, Fotografiska , Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden, 31 August 2017 - 19 November 2017
Roxane II, 2017
At times sensual, at times tender, these images are equally about the performances in front of and behind the camera. Sassen’s presence is perceived through her shadow and made tangible by scraps of paper that bear the imprint of her breasts. The images are a mutual portrait - an exchange in which the artist’s and model’s individualities blur, leaving traces on each other.
See the Sea, Rijksmuseum , Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 17 June 2017 - 17 September 2017
'Jo Ractliffe and Viviane Sassen are included in an exhibition of contemporary photographic seascapes titled Sea Views. The exhibition, to be held in the Philips Wing of the museum, focuses on each piece as an extensive exercise in 'air, light and tide'.'
Lexicon, Łódź Fotofestival , Łódź Fotofestival, Łódź, Poland, 1 June 2017 - 11 June 2017
“Blurred Lines: A Matter of Attitude”, Belfast Photo Festival , Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1 June 2017 - 30 June 2017
'Viviane Sassen is featured in Blurred Lines: A Matter of Attitude at the 2017 Belfast Photo Festival. The exhibition is conceptualised as a focused consideration of how 'the artistic and commercial effected a clear and consistent change in fashion photography'.'
Of Mud and Lotus, 2017
Experimenting with collages and unique hand-coloured pieces, Sassen creates images in which abstraction and performance intertwine.
Of Mud and Lotus, Artbeat Publishers, 2017, Hard cover with embroidery, 23.2 x 28.7 x 1.2cm, 108 pages
Of Mud and Lotus is Viviane Sassen's second collaboration with Japanese collective artbeat publishers and G/P Gallery, Tokyo. As the title suggests, this body of work engages in a conversation on transformation, procreation and fecundity, all elements traditionally ascribed to the idea of the feminine.
Roxane II exhibition @ Colette, Book launch @ Colette May 01 2017 , Book launch @ Colette May 01 2017, Paris, France, 22 May 2017 - 17 June 2017
UMBRA, Deichtorhallen , Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany, 13 May 2017 - 20 August 2017
UMBRA by Viviane Sassen is showing at the House of Photography at the Deichtorhallen. Sassen has made a new series of works that focus on the play of light and shadow, supplementing these with previously unseen images from her archives.
UMBRA, Deichtorhallen , Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany, 12 May 2017 - 19 August 2017
Roxane II, oodee, 2017, Screen printed hardcover, 23 x 24.5cm, 152 pages
In Roxane II, Viviane Sassen and her muse Roxane continue writing their shared visual journal. Sassen’s presence is perceived through her shadow and made tangible by scraps of paper that bear the imprint of her breasts. This is a mutual portrait, an exchange in which the artist’s and model’s individualities blur, leaving traces on each other.
Of Mud and Lotus, Stevenson Gallery , Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 April 2017 - 19 May 2017
STEVENSON is pleased to present Viviane Sassen’s Of Mud and Lotus, the artist’s first solo exhibition in Johannesburg, her fourth with the gallery.
UMBRA, Museum of Contemporary Photography , Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA, 26 January 2017 - 1 April 2017
Viviane Sassen exhibits photography and multimedia works from her acclaimed UMBRA series at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. The exhibition forms part of the Dutch Culture USA programme.
UMBRA at MoCP, Museum of Contemporary Photography , Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA, 26 January 2017 - 1 April 2017
UMBRA, Museum of Contemporay Photogrpahy, Chicago, US, 20 January 2017 - 1 April 2017
UMBRA chosen as one of the 5 best photobooks of 2016, Stiftung Buchkunst , Stiftung Buchkunst, Germany, 31 December 2016
In These Shadows, Casemore Kirkeby , Casemore Kirkeby, San Fransico, USA, 4 November 2016 - 22 December 2016
Viviane Sassen exhibits her Pikin Slee series alongside work by fellow Dutch photographer Elspeth Diederix at Casemore Kirkeby. The opening coincided with Sassen’s participation in the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program, a collaboration between Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and California College of the Arts.
Pikin Slee / In these shadows, Casemore Kirkeby Gallery , Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Fransisco, USA, 4 November 2016 - 23 December 2016
Exchange, Hans Mayer Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany, 15 October 2016 - 15 November 2016
Lexicon, Encontros Da Imagem Photo festival , Encontros Da Imagem Photo festival, Braga, Portugal, 20 September 2016 - 5 November 2016
Stevenson, Unseen Photo Festival , Unseen Photo Festival, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 16 September 2016 - 25 September 2016
Lexicon, Hordaland Kunstsenter , Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, Norway, 29 January 2016 - 20 March 2016
Dutch Identity, Nederlandse Portretfotografie Nu, Museum de Fundatie , Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, the Netherlands, 16 January 2016 - 17 April 2016
Gold Medal for best photo book of the year 2016, Prestel Publisher , Prestel Publisher, 15 November 2015
Umbra, l'Atelier Néerlandais , l'Atelier Néerlandais, Paris, France, 11 September 2015 - 1 November 2015
Cause the grass don't grow and the sky ain't blue, Praz Delavallade, Paris, France, 7 July 2015 - 24 September 2015
Pikin Slee, Kunsthaus CentrePasquArt , Kunsthaus CentrePasquArt, Biel, Switzerland, 5 July 2015 - 13 September 2015
Gruppenausstellung: IMAGINE REALITY, Museum Angewandte Kunst , Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 20 June 2015 - 20 September 2015
When I Give Myself, van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 20 May 2015 - 17 January 2016
Group Exhibition: When I Give, I Give Myself, van Gogh Museum , van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 20 May 2015 - 17 January 2016
UMBRA, Deutsche Börse, Frankfurt, Germany, 17 April 2015 - 7 June 2015
Umbra nominated for Deutsche Börse 2015, The Photographers Gallery , The Photographers Gallery, London, UK, 17 April 2015 - 7 June 2015
UMBRA (Prestel), Prestel, 2015, Softcover, 192 pages
Viviane Sassen's latest book is her second to focus on the Umbra series and its exploration of the multifarious roles of the shadow in her work.
Sketches, Kominek Books, 2015, Offset print, 36 pages
Sketches shows Polaroids made in Africa between 2002 and 2010. This book could be an explanation or a introducion to the previous Flamboya book and project but in fact Sketches is a small and magic book on its own, showing the beautiful universe of Viviane Sassens photography.
Axiom, XBANK, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 25 March 2015 - 25 April 2015
Pikin Slee, ICA Lower Gallery, London, UK, 3 February 2015 - 12 April 2015
In and Out of Fashion / Analemma, The Photographers’ Gallery , The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK, 31 October 2014 - 18 January 2015
Lexicon and Pikin Slee, GP Gallery , GP Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 4 October 2014 - 30 November 2014
Lexicon, Artbeat Publishers, 2014, Hardcover, 72 pages
Viviane's first photo book in Japan, "LEXICON" includes the series by the same title which was chosen by Massimiliano Gioni to be part of The Encyclopedic Palace at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). The thirty-one images, encompassing iconic and more recent ones, wove together the themes recurring in her work: death, mourning, the fear of being alone and the longing for an emotional connection. The profound sensitivity behind the vivid images is enhanced by a delicate book design and the use of special Japanese paper.
Pikin Slee, 2014
Pikin Slee is the second-largest village on the Upper Suriname River, deep within the rainforest of Suriname. Its 4000 inhabitants are mostly members of the Saramacca tribe, their ancestors Maroons who escaped slavery on the Dutch plantations in the 18th century.
Where there's smoke, Fraenkel Gallery , Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA, 10 July 2014 - 23 August 2014
Etan & Me, 2014
This is me, looking at you, looking at me. This is you, looking at me, looking at you.
Etan & Me is a story of love and loss, of Eros and Thanatos.
Lexicon at the Moontower Foundation, Moontower Foundation, Bad König, Germany, 15 June 2014 - 15 September 2014
Sassen leads us through a series of imaginative takes on the idea of the shadow as a metaphor for the anxiety and desire, memories and expectations, imagination and illusion that manifest in the human psyche.
Pikin Slee, Prestel, 2014, Hardcover, 144 pages
The Saramacca are isolated from the outside world, living without running water, electricity, roads or the internet. The only way to access the village is by canoe, a journey of about three hours up-river. They grow their food on small agricultural plots, producing cassava bread, pressed maripa palm oil and dried coconut.
In and Out of Fashion at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt , Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, 17 May 2014 - 17 August 2014
In this German premiere the exhibition “Viviane Sassen. In and Out of Fashion” shows a retrospective of her best fashion photography at the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt.
Stevenson Gallery @ Frieze Art Fair, Frieze Art Fair , Frieze Art Fair, New York, USA, 9 May 2014 - 12 May 2014
UMBRA (oodee), oodee, 2014, Folder (foil block cover), 28 pages
Viviane Sassen's photographic series Umbra, titled after the Latin word for shadow, was commissioned by the Nederlands Fotomuseum. A mysterious quality is cast on the seemingly everyday objects and situations portrayed.
Lexicon, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, 22 March 2014 - 5 June 2014
UMBRA, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 8 March 2014 - 1 June 2014
UMBRA, Nederlands Fotomuseum , Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 8 March 2014 - 1 June 2014
In and Out of Fashion, SCAD , SCAD, Savannah, USA, 18 February 2014 - 4 May 2014
new series Pikin Slee and Etan & Me, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, 16 January 2014 - 22 February 2014
Gold Medal for best photo book of the year 2013, Fotobuch Preis Germany , Fotobuch Preis Germany, Germany, 18 November 2013
Stevenson Gallery, Paris Photo , Paris Photo, Paris, France, 14 November 2013 - 17 November 2013
Chambres des Canaux: The Tolerant Home, Biblical Museum / De Cromhouthuizen , Biblical Museum / De Cromhouthuizen, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1 November 2013 - 17 November 2013
Etan & Me, oodee, 2013, Hardcover, 72 pages
Etan & Me is a story of love and loss, of Eros and Thanatos, the exploration of the Self and the Other. Are we ever able to truly know someone, to truly know ourselves?
In and Out of Fashion, Scottish National Portrait Gallery , Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 19 October 2013 - 9 February 2014
Stevenson Gallery at UNSEEN Photo Fair, Unseen Photo Fair , Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 26 September 2013 - 27 September 2013
The rediscovery of the world / Pikin Slee, Huis Marseille , Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 7 September 2013 - 8 December 2013
43SNA, 43 Salón (inter) Naçional de Artistas , 43 Salón (inter) Naçional de Artistas, Medellín, Colombia, 6 September 2013 - 3 December 2013
Pikin Slee, Vrij Nederland Magazine , Vrij Nederland Magazine, the Netherlands, 31 August 2013
In and Out of Fashion, Couvent Saint-Césaire, Les Rencontres d'Arles Photo Festival , Couvent Saint-Césaire, Les Rencontres d'Arles Photo Festival, Arles, France, 1 July 2013 - 21 September 2013
Die Son Sien Alles, new photobook, 22 June 2013
LEXICON shown at the Venice Biennale, La Biennale di Venezia , La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy, 1 June 2013 - 24 November 2013
In and Out of Fashion, Prestel, 2013, Hardcover, 250 pages
Sassens intuitive and imaginative style can be flamboyant, contemplative, erotic, and surreal, often simultaneously. This volume includes essays that offer a context for Sassens work in the history of fashion photography as well as a bibliography of nearly all of her fashion series. The book will be a delight for Sassens many fans and those eager for inspiration or beautiful escape.
New book 'Roxane' out now, oodee publisher , oodee publisher, 1 January 2013
In and Out of Fashion, Huis Marseille , Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 15 December 2012 - 17 March 2013
Roxane, oodee, 2012, Hardcover, 76 pages
Roxane is a visual journal in time by photographer Viviane Sassen. Roxane's body and expressions follow the artist's direction in a sequence of poses and moods collected over a number of years.
Parasomnia - THERE THERE, Crawford Art Gallery , Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland, 18 October 2012 - 24 November 2012
Exchange, group expo, Galerie Hans Mayer , Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany, 15 October 2012 - 15 November 2012
Youth Code!, Daegu Photo Biennale , Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, South Korea, 20 September 2012 - 28 October 2012
Fotozaken / Silver Jubilee, De Hallen , De Hallen, Haarlem, the Netherlands, 16 September 2012 - 18 November 2016
In and Out of Fashion, Foto Museum Winterthur , Foto Museum Winterthur, Winterthur expo, Switzerland, 8 September 2012 - 10 February 2013
Die Son Sien Alles, Libraryman, 2012, Hardcover, 40 pages
Viviane Sassen photographed the series Die Son Sien Alles in the townships of Cape Town during several visits between 2002 and 2004, looking at the interior decoration of people's homes, shops and bars.
Parasomnia, Krakow Photomonth • Pauza Gallery, Krakow, Poland, 17 March 2012 - 17 June 2012
Parasomnia, Stevenson Gallery , Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, 19 January 2012 - 25 February 2012
What we talk about when we talk about love, Stevenson Gallery , Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, 1 December 2011 - 14 January 2012
Stevenson Gallery, Paris Photo , Paris Photo, Paris, France, 10 November 2011 - 13 November 2011
No fashion, please!, Kunsthalle Wien , Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria, 10 November 2011 - 22 January 2011
Other I, Hotshoe gallery, London, UK, 2 October 2011 - 27 November 2011
Parasomnia, 1 October 2011
New photography 2011, MoMA , MoMA, New York, USA, 28 September 2011 - 16 January 2012
Flamboya, Photo Ireland Festival 2011 , Photo Ireland Festival 2011, Dublin, Ireland, 1 July 2011 - 31 July 2011
Parasomnia, 2007 - 2011
Parasomnia animates these feelings of dislocation between home and away, night and day, life and dreams. The series comprises photographs taken in West and East Africa over the past two years, as well as a few taken in Europe, which frame her enigmatic and often haunting narratives.
ICP infinity Award, ICP infinity Award , ICP infinity Award, New York, USA, 10 May 2011
Parasomnia, Contact Photography Festival / Figure + Ground , Contact Photography Festival / Figure + Ground, Toronto, Canada, 1 May 2011 - 31 May 2011
Parasomnia, Prestel, 2011, Hardcover, 104 pages
In medical terminology, 'parasomnia' denotes various sleep dysfunctions, such as somnambulism. Viviane Sassen's photographs evoke the sense of displacement and ambiguity often experienced in the state between waking and sleep.
Prefaced by a short story written by Moses Isegawa, the pages of the book lead the eye through a series of illusions on the verge of realism.
Parasomnia, Motive Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 12 March 2011 - 29 April 2011
Flamboya, Fotohof , Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria, 19 January 2011 - 5 March 2011
Moshi, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, 2 December 2010 - 15 January 2011
Flamboya, Kominek Gallery , Kominek Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 3 October 2010 - 3 December 2010
Flamboya, Brighton Photo Biennial , Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, UK, 2 October 2010 - 14 November 2010
Flamboya, Le Chåteau d'eau , Le Chåteau d'eau, Toulouse, France, 30 June 2010 - 19 September 2010
WORKSHOP, Cesuralab, Pianello val Tidone, Italy, 24 April 2010 - 30 April 2010
Flamboya, FORMA , FORMA, Milano, Italy, 22 April 2010 - 2 June 2010
Turning an Eye for Beauty Toward Africa, The New York Times, 5 March 2010
Die Son Sien Alles • Flamboya • Ultra Violet, Danziger Projects , Danziger Projects, New York, USA, 4 March 2010 - 10 April 2010
COVER Project / Art Aids, Art Aids , Art Aids, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands, 29 November 2009 - 1 February 2009
PARIS PHOTO 2009, Paris Photo , Paris Photo, Paris, France, 19 November 2009 - 22 November 2009
POP Magazine F/W 2009, 1 September 2009
WEFOLK Agency, We Folk , We Folk, London, UK, 1 September 2009
Motive Gallery , Amsterdam, exhibition "Parasomnia", Motive Gallery , Motive Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 16 June 2009 - 8 June 2011
l’Empresse, l'Empresse , l'Empresse, 11 March 2009
Sol & Luna, Libraryman Co., Ltd., 2009, Hardcover, b/w offset, 32 pages
On assignment and initiative from Stockholm based men’s clothier Our Legacy and publisher Libraryman Co., Ltd. – photographer Viviane Sassen (b.1972 Dutch) has completed a specially made and well-built series of imagery with androgyny and beauty as the key principle.
200 Years Prix de Rome, Prix de Rome , Prix de Rome, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 28 February 2009 - 1 June 2009
Flamboya, FOAM, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 21 November 2008 - 18 January 2009
Flamboya, FOAM , FOAM, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 21 November 2008 - 18 January 2009
new book FLAMBOYA out now, Contrasto Books , Contrasto Books, Milano, Italy, 1 September 2008
Portraits for Zomergasten, 1 July 2008
Flamboya, 2004 - 2008
Flamboya includes primarily portraits that Sassen made collaboratively with her subjects, some spontaneous and others performative. Some pages in the book have a smaller width, setting up interesting relationships between the images.
Flamboya, Contrasto, 2008, Hardcover, 96 pages
Viviane Sassen's first monograph, Flamboya brings together photos from various trips to Africa. As it happens with memories or thoughts, photographs are not isolated: they form a fluid stream of associations and connections.
Gone with the wind, Zuiderzee Museum , Zuiderzee Museum, Enkhuizen, the Netherlands, 22 March 2008 - 22 November 2008
Ultra Violet: Sketchbook, Motive Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 27 October 2007 - 15 December 2017
As the crow flies, Museum Jan Cunen , Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, the Netherlands, 3 June 2007 - 27 August 2007
Viviane Sassen wins Prix de Rome, Prix de Rome , Prix de Rome, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1 June 2007
'Dutch Fantasy', Institut Neerlandais , Institut Neerlandais, Paris, France, 14 May 2007
'A vol d'oiseau', Festival International de Mode et de Photographie , Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyeres, France, 27 April 2007 - 30 April 2007
Die Son Sien Alles, 2002 - 2004
Viviane Sassen photographed the series Die Son Sien Alles in the townships of Cape Town during several visits between 2002 and 2004, looking at the interior decoration of people's homes, shops and bars.