'Vault' shown at Stevenson Gallery booth, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 14 June 2018 - 17 June 2018
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
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.'
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 Artist Mind, Gallery Caroline O’Breen , Gallery Caroline O’Breen, Amsterdam, 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 - 31 December 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
'In this photographic series, Sassen and her muse Roxane Danset continue writing the shared visual journal they began in 2012. In an introductory poem, Maria Barnas captures the spirit of the work as she writes: ‘When I take a glance at our selves I hold my breath and see us expand in colours and clouds bursting from a mouth. Are they yours or mine?’'
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, 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'.'
Of Mud and Lotus, 2017
Experimenting with collages and unique hand-coloured pieces, Sassen creates images in which abstraction and performance intertwine.
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'.'
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
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 at MoCP, Museum of Contemporary Photography , Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA, 26 January 2017 - 1 April 2017
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, 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, 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, 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
'This show brings together artists who call into question those systems that in art organize a hierarchy of materials and urban zones. These artists have set up their studios in the suburbs, by choice or for financial concerns, and their surroundings are often at the very core of their artistic practice.'
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, Netherlands, 20 May 2015 - 17 January 2016
Group Exhibition: When I Give, I Give Myself, van Gogh Museum , van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 20 May 2015 - 17 January 2016
Umbra nominated for Deutsche Börse 2015, The Photographers Gallery , The Photographers Gallery, London, UK, 17 April 2015 - 7 June 2015
UMBRA, Deutsche Börse, Frankfurt, Germany, 17 April 2015 - 7 June 2015
'The winners of the annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize were announced on 28 May 2015: Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse. Other photographers, who were shortlisted for this year’s prize, were: Nikolai Bakharev, Zanele Muholi and Viviane Sassen.'
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, 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, England, 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 (odee), 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
'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.'
UMBRA, Nederlands Fotomuseum , Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 8 March 2014 - 1 June 2014
UMBRA, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, 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, 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, Netherlands, 19 October 2013 - 9 February 2014
Stevenson Gallery at UNSEEN Photo Fair, Unseen Photo Fair , Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 26 September 2013 - 27 September 2013
The rediscovery of the world / Pikin Slee, Huis Marseille , Huis Marseille, 7 September 2013 - 8 December 2013
43SNA, 43 Salón (inter) Nacional de Artistas , 43 Salón (inter) Nacional de Artistas, Medellin, Colombia, 6 September 2013 - 3 December 2013
Pikin Slee, Vrij Nederland Magazine , Vrij Nederland Magazine, 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, 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, Netherlands, 16 September 2012 - 18 November 2016
In and out of Fashion, Foto Museum Winterthur , Foto Museum Winterthur, Winterthur expo, Switserland, 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
No fashion, please!, Kunsthalle Wien , Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria, 10 November 2011 - 22 January 2011
Stevenson Gallery, Paris Photo , Paris Photo, Paris, France, 10 November 2011 - 13 November 2011
Other I, Hotshoe gallery, London, England, 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, 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, Netherlands, 29 November 2009 - 1 February 2009
PARIS PHOTO 2009, Paris Photo , Paris Photo, Paris, France, 19 November 2009 - 22 November 2009
WEFOLK Agency, We Folk , We Folk, London, UK, 1 September 2009
POP Magazine F/W 2009, 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, Netherlands, 28 February 2009 - 1 June 2009
Flamboya, FOAM, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 21 November 2008 - 18 January 2009
Foam presents an extensive survey of recent photos taken by Viviane Sassen while travelling through various parts of Africa.
Flamboya, FOAM , FOAM, Amsterdam, 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, Netherlands, 22 March 2008 - 22 November 2008
Ultra Violet: Sketchbook, Motive Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 27 October 2007 - 15 December 2017
As the crow flies, Museum Jan Cunen , Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, Netherlands, 3 June 2007 - 27 August 2007
Viviane Sassen wins Prix de Rome, Prix de Rome , Prix de Rome, Amsterdam, 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.