In order to create new works for the Prix de Rome, the oldest (since 1807) Dutch art prize for artists up to age 35, Viviane Sassen (1972, Amsterdam) travelled to Ghana in early March for a five-week stay in that country. In her series of portraits, Sassen creates a closeness to her subject, but at the same manages to maintain a certain distance. A light, contemplative form originating from her staging of everyday situations. Human images depicting this African country in her particular way, which subtly transcend the usual cultural clichés. (JR)
We also had an interview with Viviane about this series.