Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Photography exhibition direct from Venice Biennale

Photography exhibition direct from Venice Biennale
Viviane Sassen: Lexicon
22 Mar – 15 Jun 2014

Direct from the 2013 Venice Biennale, City Gallery presents Lexicon, an exhibition by acclaimed Dutch art and fashion photographer, Viviane Sassen. All photographs in Lexicon were shot in Africa.

Sassen spent three years of her early childhood in a remote village in Kenya, before moving back to the Netherlands with her family when she was five. She says that her childhood in Africa was a formative experience for her.

"To me, Africa is vivid colours and strong contrasts of light and dark", says Sassen. “Working in Africa opens the doors of my subconscious more widely. My dreams are very vivid when I am there.”

Africa is a loaded subject for Western artists. Sassen says, “I'm aware of the whole debate about my depicting black people in Africa as a white European woman, and of me being in control because I'm carrying the camera. But I'm not really interested in that debate, because for me the work comes from a very personal, private place. When I'm in Africa, I feel like I'm coming home, yet I also feel like I'm not one of them."

City Gallery’s chief curator, Robert Leonard saw Sassen’s Lexicon at last year’s Venice Biennale.

He says, “At first I was completely baffled. I didn’t know how to read it: as staged or as documentary, as fact or fiction. The work was haunted by politics, but I couldn’t tell whether they were the photographer’s or my own. Then I realised that Sassen was deliberately provoking the confusion. Ambiguity, as much as Africa, is her subject. It’s great work."

Lexicon will be accompanied by two films that also address how the exotic other is viewed: Pieter Hugo's music clip for South African rapper Spoek Mathambo's cover of Joy Division's She's Lost Control; and Alain Resnais and Chris Marker's 1953 anit-colonial tract Statues Also Die.

About Viviane Sassen
Sassen is a leading fashion and art photographer. She studied fashion at the Royal Academy in Arnhemin, the Netherlands, and modelled for Viktor & Rolf, before doing a photography degree in 1992. The Scottish National Gallery recently presented her exhibition In and Out of Fashion. She is represented by Stevenson, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Viviane Sassen: Lexicon
22 March – 15 June
City Gallery Wellington | Free Entry
www.CityGallery.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Film Awards: The Dark Horse Scores Big

An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach Genesis Potini, made all the right moves to take out top honours along with five other awards at the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards - nicknamed The Moas. More>>

ALSO:

Theatre: Ralph McCubbin Howell Wins 2014 Bruce Mason Award

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Ralph McCubbin Howell at the Playmarket Accolades in Wellington on 23 November 2014. More>>

ALSO:

One Good Tern: Fairy Tern Crowned NZ Seabird Of The Year

The fairy tern and the Fiji petrel traded the lead in the poll several times. But a late surge saw it come out on top with 1882 votes. The Fiji petrel won 1801 votes, and 563 people voted for the little blue penguin. More>>

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news