Viviane Sassen

Viviane Sassen


Viviane Sassen was awarded the 2016 German Photo Book prize (gold prize) for Umbra (published by Prestel and available from the gallery). Also in 2015 she received the David Octavius Hill Medal from the German Photography Academy and the Arts Award of the city of Leinfelden-Echterdingen. She is included in When I Give I Give Myself, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (until 17 January 2016).

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Viviane Sassen was born in 1972 in Amsterdam, and lives there. She studied fashion design, followed by photography at the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) and Ateliers Arnhem. A retrospective of 17 years of her fashion work, In and Out of Fashion, opened at Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, in 2012, and travelled to the Rencontres d'Arles festival, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt and Fotomuseum Winterthur. Recent solo exhibitions have also taken place at Atelier Néerlandais, Paris; The Photographers Gallery, London; ICA, London; and Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam. Sassen was included on the main exhibition of the 55th Venice Biennale, The Encyclopedic Palace, in 2013. Other notable group shows include New Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011); No Fashion, Please! Photography between gender and lifestyle at the Vienna Kunsthalle (2011); Figure and Ground: Dynamic Landscape at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto as part of the Contact Photography Festival (2011); and Six Yards: Guaranteed Dutch Design at the Museum for Moderne Kunst Arnhem (2012). Sassen was awarded the Dutch art prize, the Prix de Rome, in 2007, and in 2011 won the International Center of Photography in New York's Infinity Award for Applied/Fashion/Advertising Photography. In 2015 she was awarded the David Octavius Hill Medal from the German Photography Academy, and was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for her exhibition Umbra. She has also received numerous awards for her publications.


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