Visible / Invisible

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.

Confusing Public and Private: The 3rd Beijing Photo Biennial

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.

Frame Freely

Frame Freely, Daegu Photo Biennale , Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, Korea, 7 September 2018 - 16 October 2018

First held in October 2006, the Daegu Photo Biennale, the largest photography event in Korea, has been held on a total of six occasions as of 2016. The event, which has grown into one of 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 Korea with the highest number of university photography departments, making it the photography capital of Korea.

Bauhaus and Photography - On new visions in contemporary art

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.”


Lexicon, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, 22 March 2014 - 5 June 2014

'Sassen’s iconic but enigmatic images play on our expectations to wrong foot us. They are a strange alloy of the documentary and the directorial: some of her subjects look found, others staged. She shows us how people in other places live, the colours and textures of their environment, yet her images are also riddled with formal conceits. Some emphasise the vivid and vital, others feature coffins, body bags, and graves. On the one hand, they seem exotic, otherworldly, a bit National Geographic; on the other, her subjects are well dressed and urbane, cosmopolitan. Her views are never one thing or the other.'


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.

Hot Mirror

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.'