Viviane Sassen “Of Mud and Lotus”

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Viviane Sassen is a photographer considered representative of the Netherlands. Aside from her active role in various global fashion labels, she is receiving much attention for her participation in events such as “The Encyclopedic Palace” (2013) - the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale, directed by Massimiliano Gioni - and her nomination for the German Bose Award. “Of Mud and Lotus” is a work inspired by the proverbial saying that a lotus flower blooms by growing through mud. As is symbolized by these words, this body of work is imbibed with all the “richness” of primordial concepts of femininity, including female-specific bodily transformations such as pregnancy and childbirth, as well as corpulence, referring here to organic play. Sassen skillfully weaves together her ideas regarding the abstract and performance, using collage and hand-colored photographs to produce bold colors and textures that add to the multilayered nature of her images while offering viewers a variety of ways to understand and respond to her works as a result.
For Sassen, bacterial fungi and clustered spores are reminiscent of the growth of the cells in the human body, organic materials such as eggs, milk, and flowers emphasizing the rich curves that are so abundant in nature while also expressing the corporeality of the female body. If you look closely at her works resembling abstract compositions, you may notice something new being born.



from October 06, 2017 to November 25, 2017 at 17:00


Viviane Sassen



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