London

Viviane Sassen, Dóki, 2013, C-print, 17 3/4 × 11 3/4".

Viviane Sassen, Dóki, 2013, C-print, 17 3/4 × 11 3/4".

London

“Viviane Sassen: Pikin Slee”

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
The Mall
February 3–April 12, 2015

Curated by Matt Williams

Straddling the realms of art and fashion, Kenya–raised Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen has spent much of her career in Africa, abstracting its natural splendor with her signature use of shadow play and color fields. For the works in this solo exhibition, Sassen’s lens traveled across the Atlantic to Suriname, a former Dutch colony in South America, expanding her scope to the global African diaspora. Shot mostly in black and white, this body of work from 2013 documents the community and jungle flora of Pikin Slee, the second-largest village along the Upper Suriname River. Sassen’s postcolonial gaze foregrounds the beauty of this little-known locale and its people as much as it raises questions about race, regional bias, and complex political histories. Travels to Kunsthaus CentrePasquArt, Biel, Switzerland, July–Sept.