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? These are the questions raised by Viviane Sassen in her photographs for Etan & Me, and echoed in an accompanying poem by Maria Barnas. In a remote village in the jungle of Suriname, Sassen took portraits of a young man called Etan and combined them with blurred and scattered self-portraits, reflecting on the ancient myths of Narcissus and the Origin of Painting by Pliny the Elder.
Published by oodee | 2013
Hardcover, 72 pages | ISBN 978-0-9570389-4-3 | Price: R1 700 (out of print)