New Documents

© Viviane Sassen, Prosper. From the series “Flamboya”. 2006. Courtesy Motive Gallery Amsterdam.

Viviane Sassen

Exhibition: BPB Curated: New Ways of Looking

Viviane Sassen (b.1972) grew up in Kenya but is now based in Amsterdam. She studied at the Royal Academy in Arnhem, receiving her Masters in Fine Art in 1997, shortly afterwards she established herself as an acclaimed fashion photographer working for publications such as i-D, French VOGUE, Purple and V. From 2001 Sassen began a series of back and forth trips to Africa and there she embarked on her ongoing body of collaborative portraits.

In 2007 she received the Prix de Rome for her work ‘Ultra Violet’ and in 2008-9 Sassen exhibited in a solo show in Amsterdam’s prestigious FOAM (Photo Museum of Amsterdam). Her latest series ‘Flamboya’ engages the artist and model in a close visual dialogue that explores the portrayal of the ‘other’ by the West and notions of acceptance, challenging the viewer to see the limitations of photography for providing definite knowledge of its subject matter.