Dutch born, Viviane Sassen studied fashion design and photography before receiving an MFA from Ateliers Arnhem, (Netherlands). Some of her earliest memories are of life in Kenya, where she spent three years as a child.
When her family returned to the Netherlands in 1978, Sassen was troubled: “I didn’t feel like I belonged in Europe, and yet I knew I was a foreigner in Africa,” she says.
Ten years later at age sixteen, Sassen revisited Kenya, and she has been traveling and working in Africa ever since.
Viviane Sassen’s previous book, Parasomnia: A short story by Moses Isegawa, featured images that were shown as part of the New Photography 2011 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art New York, which was shown late in 2011 until January 16, 2012.
Viviane Sassen’s third and latest book, titled Die Son Sien Alles is is being released this week. A first edition of 400 copies will be availble on the 3rd of May, with a select number being launched and sold at Assembly New York.
Featuring a series of photographs Sassen shot in the townships of Cape Town between 2002 and 2004, the bright and colourful body of work focusses predominantly on the interior decorations of peoples homes, alongside those of local shops and bars.
With limited signed copies available, GrandLife will be there to scoop one up before they disappear.Assembly New York – 8-10pm 170 Ludlow Street New York