Discover the new Season of exhibitions around Thomas Mailaender’s Carte Blanche

This summer, French multimedia artist Thomas Mailaender is taking over the two floors of the MEP’s Galleries for a Carte Blanche that aims to push the boundaries of photographic experimentation by exploring a wide variety of media. This exhibition is the artist’s first major retrospective in Paris.

Featured image : from the series « Les Belles Images », 2010 © Thomas Mailaender
From the series « Extrem Tourism », 2011
© Thomas Mailaender

From 12 June to 29 September 2024

Thomas Mailaender — Les Belles Images

Based in Marseille, Mailaender undertakes a wide range of obsessive and passionate visual research through the use of different photographic source material and techniques, deploying highly unusual materials and installations in an institutional context. Situated at the intersection of several disciplines, Mailaender’s artistic practice questions the role and primary function of the image through a diverse multidisciplinary approach to photography, and its associated archival tendencies.

This Carte Blanche will feel a little like an experimental photographic laboratory, the diversity of the visual proposals questioning our relationships with images and the daily consequences of their circulation and consumption. Led by the artist’s interventions, the exhibition will put the legitimacy of creative processes at the centre of its concerns and by moving away from the traditional frameworks of visual display, Les Belles Images represents a major innovative approach for the MEP as a photography museum.

The exhibition will bring together a vast array of pieces with work specially designed for the show, such as “Fail Anthology”, “Extreme Retouch” and the “Chemical Room”, for example, which will be covered with photographs exposed directly onto the walls. Spread over the two floors of the MEP, the exhibition will include “Les Belles Images”, the eponymous series in which the artist redeploys press agency photographs with ceramic frames, as well as his major series “Extreme Tourism”, “Gone Fishing”, and “Illustrated People”. Finally, the “Life and Adventures of a Silver Woman on Planet earth” revisits the life and commitment of Rosemary Jacobs, an American activist who was a victim of the ravages of silver nitrate, using photography to document her story and denounce the use of this compound for medical purposes.

From the series « Extrem Tourism », 2011
© Thomas Mailaender

At the Studio

Les enfants du palais sous la mer, le gant, 2024 © Anne-Lise Seusse

From 06.12.2024 to 07.14.2024

Anne-Lise Seusse — Les enfants du palais sous la mer (Children of the Palace Under the Sea)

Conceived based on an invitation by the sociologist and lecturer-researcher Amélie Nicoles, this exhibition focuses on two issues linked to the Vendée region: the fate of former holiday camps along the coast and the threat posed by global warming and rising sea levels. Anne-Lise Seusse focuses on one of these colonies, abandoned in 2018, and connects several stories. From the memory of the buildings to the past cult of outdoor leisure activities and the wild reappropriation of the site by illicit night-time activities, “Les enfants du palais sous la mer” thus evokes a dystopian world in which human civilisation ends up irretrievably submerged underwater.

Discover the new Season of exhibitions around Thomas Mailaender’s Carte Blanche

This summer, French multimedia artist Thomas Mailaender is taking over the two floors of the MEP’s Galleries for a Carte Blanche that aims to push the boundaries of photographic experimentation by exploring a wide variety of media. This exhibition is the artist’s first major retrospective in Paris.

From the series « Extrem Tourism », 2011
© Thomas Mailaender

From 12 June to 29 September 2024

Thomas Mailaender — Les Belles Images

Based in Marseille, Mailaender undertakes a wide range of obsessive and passionate visual research through the use of different photographic source material and techniques, deploying highly unusual materials and installations in an institutional context. Situated at the intersection of several disciplines, Mailaender’s artistic practice questions the role and primary function of the image through a diverse multidisciplinary approach to photography, and its associated archival tendencies.

This Carte Blanche will feel a little like an experimental photographic laboratory, the diversity of the visual proposals questioning our relationships with images and the daily consequences of their circulation and consumption. Led by the artist’s interventions, the exhibition will put the legitimacy of creative processes at the centre of its concerns and by moving away from the traditional frameworks of visual display, Les Belles Images represents a major innovative approach for the MEP as a photography museum.

The exhibition will bring together a vast array of pieces with work specially designed for the show, such as “Fail Anthology”, “Extreme Retouch” and the “Chemical Room”, for example, which will be covered with photographs exposed directly onto the walls. Spread over the two floors of the MEP, the exhibition will include “Les Belles Images”, the eponymous series in which the artist redeploys press agency photographs with ceramic frames, as well as his major series “Extreme Tourism”, “Gone Fishing”, and “Illustrated People”. Finally, the “Life and Adventures of a Silver Woman on Planet earth” revisits the life and commitment of Rosemary Jacobs, an American activist who was a victim of the ravages of silver nitrate, using photography to document her story and denounce the use of this compound for medical purposes.

From the series « Extrem Tourism », 2011
© Thomas Mailaender

At the Studio

Les enfants du palais sous la mer, le gant, 2024 © Anne-Lise Seusse

From 06.12.2024 to 07.14.2024

Anne-Lise Seusse — Les enfants du palais sous la mer (Children of the Palace Under the Sea)

Conceived based on an invitation by the sociologist and lecturer-researcher Amélie Nicoles, this exhibition focuses on two issues linked to the Vendée region: the fate of former holiday camps along the coast and the threat posed by global warming and rising sea levels. Anne-Lise Seusse focuses on one of these colonies, abandoned in 2018, and connects several stories. From the memory of the buildings to the past cult of outdoor leisure activities and the wild reappropriation of the site by illicit night-time activities, “Les enfants du palais sous la mer” thus evokes a dystopian world in which human civilisation ends up irretrievably submerged underwater.

Fiebertraum, 2024,
Pigment print, gesso, acrylics, pigments, glue on canvas
100 x 150 cm

From 27.07.2024 to 29.09.2024

Tatjana Danneberg — Something Happened

By experimenting with materials and processes for transferring images to canvas, Tatjana Danneberg transforms her candid analogue photographs into expressive paintings. Using inexpensive cameras, the artist seeks to prolong occasional memories by depicting The exhibition also includes objects, everyday actions in familiar and often intimate shots. These images akin to amateur snapshots are transformed into a powerful pictorial gesture. By manipulating images, the artist questions the nature and status of photography, the way it is deployed and the value we attribute to it.

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Live from Kyiv: visit of the Essential Goods exhibition

In solidarity with Ukrainian photographers, the MEP is partner of the exhibition Essential Goods, presented at the Pavilion of Culture in Kiev, and invites you to inaugurate the exhibition from afar on Tuesday 23 May, at 6pm.
Meet the artists and curators, take a virtual tour of the exhibition… experience a special evening live from Kiev with the presence of Boris Mikhaïlov and Juergen Teller, special guests of the event.

The Pavilion of Culture is opening its Essential Goods exhibition in Kyiv, in which the MEP is partner, showcasing the work of over twenty young artists who are shaping the Ukrainian photographic landscape today.

Conceived by Isabella van Marle and Sonya Kvasha, the exhibition’s curators, this unique event brings together renowned artists and young creative talents to bring the international cultural scene together, despite a tense and uncertain geopolitical context, in the Auditorium of the MEP.

The event will be held in English.
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Reservation is compulsory via the online ticketing service – events section.
Tickets for the event also give access to the exhibitions.

Programme

6pm

Introduction by Vita et Boris Mikhaïlov (zoom – live from Berlin)

6:10 pm

Meeting between photographer Juergen Teller (zoom – live from Barcelona) and Simon Baker, Director of the MEP
Followed by a discussion with the public

6:45 pm

Presentation and virtual tour of the Essential Goods exhibition (zoom – live from Kiev)

7pm

Meeting with artists from the Essential Goods exhibition (zoom – live from Kiev) moderated by artist Olivier Frank Chanarin
Followed by a discussion with the public

Speakers

© Nobuyoshi Araki

Vita & Boris Mikaïlov 

Born in 1938 in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and trained as an engineer, Boris Mikhailov is a self-taught photographer. Early in his career, he was given a camera in order to document the state-owned factory where he was employed; he used it to take nude photographs of his wife. He developed them in the factory’s laboratory, and was fired after they were found by KGB agents. Today seen as one of Eastern Europe’s most important photographers, he has received numerous awards, including the 2015 Goslar Kaiserring Award, the 2001 Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize (now the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Award) and the Hasselblad Award in 2000. He represented Ukraine at the Venice Biennale in 2007, and again in 2017. He lives between Berlin and Kharkiv with his wife, Vita. In 2022, the MEP presented the most important retrospective devoted to the artist, Boris Mikhailov – Ukrainian Diary.

Juergen Teller, self-portrait (detail), London 2018. © Juergen Teller

Juergen Teller

Juergen Teller was born in 1964 in Erlangen, Germany, and lives and works in London. He studied photography in Munich. Ever since the start of his career in the late 1980s, Teller has moved seamlessly between the world of art and the world of fashion photography. He makes no distinction between paid commissions and his own work, photographing all his subjects – members of his family, celebrities and himself – in the same natural and spontaneous manner, that of a highly sophisticated snapshot. His aesthetic seeks to underline the “imperfect beauty” of things. He shoots from unflattering and surprising angles and never retouches the results. For the past few years Juergen Teller has regularly produced self-portraits which border on the grotesque.

© Helena Guasch

Olivier Frank Chanarin

Born in 1971 in London, UK, Oliver Frank Chanarin is an artist working primarily with photography. His wide-ranging practice is characterised by an openness to experimentation and collaboration. His work, though borne out of photography and a critical appropriation of photojournalism, culminates in different media including books, installation, sculpture and photography. Chanarin studied Artificial Intelligence as an undergraduate and held the position of professor of photography at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg (2016-2022). Chanarin is also a founding member of the masters programme in photography at The Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Netherlands. He is one half of the duo Broomberg & Chanarin, whose work is held in major public and private collections including Pompidou, Tate, MoMA, Yale, Stedelijk, Jumex in Mexico DF, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Eye Amsterdam, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Cleveland Museum of Art and Baltimore Museum of Art. Awards include the ICP Infinity Award (2014) for Holy Bible, and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2013) for War Primer 2; the Arles Photo Text Award (2018).

© Marguerite Bornhauser

Simon Baker

Simon Baker has been Director of the MEP (Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris) since May 2018. He was formerly Senior Curator of International Art (Photography) at Tate, London, having been appointed Tate’s first curator of photography in 2009. Prior to this, he was an Associate Professor of Art History at Nottingham University. He has published widely on both photography and the history of art.

© Maxime van Namen

Isabella van Marle 

Isabella van Marle is an Amsterdam-based curator and creative consultant. She is the co-founder of Pictures for Purpose, a foundation that aims to platform important social issues whilst simultaneously raising funds for charities through the medium of photography. Her work spans curating, photo editing and concept development in the cultural sector. She has worked for Foam, Louis Vuitton Editions and the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, among others. Between 2017 and 2019 she was the fair curator of Unseen and for the second time she is curating Foto Tallinn.

© Alex Mader

Sonya Kvasha

Sonya Kvasha born in 1993, in Dnipro, Ukraine, is a creative director and producer based between Kyiv and Paris. She’s a co-founder at Baby Prod – a creative studio that works on making ideas reality across fashion and culture; and tripolar.ua — a series of pop-up events showcasing multiple angles of contemporary Ukrainian art and design in Paris.

Thomas Mailaender —
Les Belles Images

The MEP gives a Carte Blanche to Thomas Mailaender, with his first major retrospective in Paris. The multimedia artist, who pushes the boundaries of photographic experimentation by exploring a wide variety of images and a range of innovative and original processes, will take over both floors of the MEP.

From 2024 June 12 to 2024 September 29

Based in Marseille, Mailaender undertakes a wide range of obsessive and passionate visual research through the use of different photographic source material and techniques, deploying highly unusual materials and installations in an institutional context. Situated at the intersection of several disciplines, Mailaender’s artistic practice questions the role and primary function of the image through a diverse multidisciplinary approach to photography, and its associated archival tendencies.

His installations, which are often monumental in scale, question the place of the image in our society, and its materiality, by incorporating not only photographs found online, but also those found in flea markets and garage sales. An avid collector of anonymous images, Thomas Mailaender has assembled an archive of over 11,000 documents in a major collection entitled “The Fun Archive”, a substantial part of which will be on show. Exploring digital archives, the artist draws attention to unusual vernacular images that highlight the absurdity of human behavior and the impact of online sharing platforms. Symptomatic of our ultra-connected societies, the subjects explored by Mailaender explore the role and primary function of the image as a cultural object, and its reappropriation for artistic purposes.

This Carte Blanche will feel a little like an experimental photographic laboratory, the diversity of the visual proposals questioning our relationships with images and the daily consequences of their circulation and consumption. Led by the artist’s interventions, the exhibition will put the legitimacy of creative processes at the centre of its concerns and by moving away from the traditional frameworks of visual display, Les Belles Images represents a major innovative approach for the MEP as a photography museum.

The exhibition will bring together a vast array of pieces with work specially designed for the show, such as “Fail Anthology”, “Extreme Retouch” and the “Chemical Room”, for example, which will be covered with photographs exposed directly onto the walls. Spread over the two floors of the MEP, the exhibition will include “Les Belles Images”, the eponymous series in which the artist redeploys press agency photographs with ceramic frames, as well as his major series “Extreme Tourism”, “Gone Fishing”, and “Illustrated People”. Finally, the “Life and Adventures of a Silver Woman on Planet earth” revisits the life and commitment of Rosemary Jacobs, an American activist who was a victim of the ravages of silver nitrate, using photography to document her story and denounce the use of this compound for medical purposes.

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Thomas Mailaender

Thomas Mailaender’s work has been shown in numerous French and international institutions, including MoMA PS1 in New York, Foam in Amsterdam, SFMOMA, the Saatchi Gallery, Tate Modern, the Palais de Tokyo and the Rencontres d’Arles. His first retrospective, The Fun Archive, was organised at the NRW Forum in Düsseldorf in 2017, two other solo exhibitions will follow, Ultra-violets in La Chambre, Strasbourg, in 2022 and Lumière Passion at the Centre Photographique Marseille in 2022.

 

From the series “Les Belles Images”, 2010 © Thomas Mailaender

De la série « Illustrated People », 2013 © Thomas Mailaender

De la série « Life and Adventures of a Silver Woman on Planet Earth », 2024 © Thomas Mailaender

Thomas Mailaender

De la série « Les Belles Images », 2010 © Thomas Mailaender

De la série « Extrem Tourism », 2011 © Thomas Mailaender

De la série « Gone Fishing », 2016 © Thomas Mailaender

De la série « Bookworm », 2021 © Thomas Mailaender

De la série « Papier Mâché », 2011 © Thomas Mailaender

De la collection « Sunset Books » © Thomas Mailaender

De la série « Sponsoring », 2011 © Thomas Mailaender

De la série « Lava », 2015-2022 © Thomas Mailaender

De la série « The Fun Archaeology », 2018 © Thomas Mailaender

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Pooya Abbasian at the MEP Studio

For the second part of the Season, the MEP Studio is proud to present the work of Paris-based Iranian artist Pooya Abbasian. His exhibition Maltournée runs from 11 April to 26 May 2024.

In a practice that encompasses photography, video, drawing and installation, the artist explores the complex and often paradoxical relationship between images and our notions of reality and truth. Although it is not explicitly his main theme, his work is informed by his childhood in Iran and his migration to Europe at the age of 26.

The centrepiece of the Maltournée exhibition is the short film of the same name. The film depicts a missed opportunity to engage with a community of refugees and asylum-seekers living along the Saint-Denis canal, near the Stade de France, who were abruptly evacuated by the police and disappeared. Abbasian poetically documents their traces, evoking the emotions, situations, and objects that once filled this no-man’s-land; through the use of tracking shots, dialogue, and voice-over, the artist captures the intense presence of their absence. The film was produced with the support of the Wim Wenders Foundation as part of a project in which six Iranian filmmakers, mentored by Wenders, explored the theme “A Sense of Place” in Iran or in exile.

The exhibition also includes a recent series of never-before-seen photographs that explore the notions of transition, silence, and emptiness.

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Pooya Abbasian, born in 1985, is an Iranian artist based in Paris since 2011. A long-time collaborator of Iranian director Jafar Panahi, he has screened his films in numerous art spaces and film festivals, including the Pejman Foundation, the CPH-DOX Dokumentary Filmfestival Copenhagen, the Pictoplasma Festival Berlin, and the BelDocs Festival in Belgrade. Abbasian’s work is in the collection of the CNAP (French National Contemporary Art Collection) and has been shown in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, le Plateau Frac-Île de France, the Grande halle de la Villette, Poush, and the Association La Source-La Guéroulde. An illustrator and author since 2016, he has also written and illustrated several children’s books published by Gallimard and Actes Sud. He is currently part of the artist residency programme 2023-2024 at the Fondation Fiminco.

Image from the film Maltournée © Pooya Abbasian

© Pooya Abbasian

Image tirée du film Maltournée © Pooya Abbasian

Image tirée du film Maltournée © Pooya Abbasian

Image tirée du film Maltournée © Pooya Abbasian

Image tirée du film Maltournée © Pooya Abbasian

Image tirée du film Maltournée © Pooya Abbasian

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The exhibition is organised with the support of

Pooya Abbasian at the MEP Studio

For the second part of the Season, the MEP Studio is proud to present the work of Paris-based Iranian artist Pooya Abbasian. His exhibition Maltournée runs from 11 April to 26 May 2024.

In a practice that encompasses photography, video, drawing and installation, the artist explores the complex and often paradoxical relationship between images and our notions of reality and truth. Although it is not explicitly his main theme, his work is informed by his childhood in Iran and his migration to Europe at the age of 26.

The centrepiece of the Maltournée exhibition is the short film of the same name. The film depicts a missed opportunity to engage with a community of refugees and asylum-seekers living along the Saint-Denis canal, near the Stade de France, who were abruptly evacuated by the police and disappeared. Abbasian poetically documents their traces, evoking the emotions, situations, and objects that once filled this no-man’s-land; through the use of tracking shots, dialogue, and voice-over, the artist captures the intense presence of their absence. The film was produced with the support of the Wim Wenders Foundation as part of a project in which six Iranian filmmakers, mentored by Wenders, explored the theme “A Sense of Place” in Iran or in exile.

The exhibition also includes a recent series of never-before-seen photographs that explore the notions of transition, silence, and emptiness.

____________________

Pooya Abbasian, born in 1985, is an Iranian artist based in Paris since 2011. A long-time collaborator of Iranian director Jafar Panahi, he has screened his films in numerous art spaces and film festivals, including the Pejman Foundation, the CPH-DOX Dokumentary Filmfestival Copenhagen, the Pictoplasma Festival Berlin, and the BelDocs Festival in Belgrade. Abbasian’s work is in the collection of the CNAP (French National Contemporary Art Collection) and has been shown in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, le Plateau Frac-Île de France, the Grande halle de la Villette, Poush, and the Association La Source-La Guéroulde. An illustrator and author since 2016, he has also written and illustrated several children’s books published by Gallimard and Actes Sud. He is currently part of the artist residency programme 2023-2024 at the Fondation Fiminco.

Image from the film Maltournée © Pooya Abbasian

Image tirée du film Maltournée © Pooya Abbasian

Image tirée du film Maltournée © Pooya Abbasian

Image tirée du film Maltournée © Pooya Abbasian

Image tirée du film Maltournée © Pooya Abbasian

Image tirée du film Maltournée © Pooya Abbasian

Image tirée du film Maltournée © Pooya Abbasian

Partner

The exhibition is organised with the support of

Install our new audio guide application!

For the new Exhibition Season, the MEP is offering you the opportunity to download and discover the Bloomberg Connects application to enhance your visit with audio podcasts linked to the exhibitions.

Enhance your visit to the exhibitions Exteriors — Annie Ernaux & Photography and Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn — Fashion Icon with online content on the Bloomberg Connects app, and listen to the artists, their families, or the curators talk about the works presented, before, during or after your visit!

You will find exclusive interviews with Annie Ernaux and Iris Millot, as well as anecdotes to read or listen to about Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn’s iconic photographs, told by her children Mia Fonssagrives-Sorrow and Tom Penn.

Download the app.

 

© Quentin Chevrier

Research Residency — Ann Massal at the MEP

As part of its policy of supporting research, the MEP is pleased to welcome the creative thinker and photographer Ann Massal for a three-month research residency based on its collections and artificial intelligence.

From 5 January to 20 April 2024, Ann Massal is developing a research project at the crossroads between creative writing, photography and artificial intelligence. As a creative thinker & photographer, she decided to shoot questions at an artificial intelligence—in this instance about 25 Photographers from the MEP Collection who made history. This compilation of chats with names such as Larry Clark, Coco Capitan, Ralph Gibson, Rineke Dijkstra or Irving Penn gives us a deep dive into the world of photography.

Questions raised range from the art market to the meaning of the photographic medium to more philosophical endeavors, and will result in a book in collaboration with JBE Books. In part a philosophical essay, in part an art critic of one of the most emblematic photographic collection in the world, this photobook UFO sheds a new light on the world of photography as seen through the lens of AI language.

© Gilles Dacquin

Ann Massal

Born and working in Paris, after having lived in New York City and London, Ann Massal is a creative thinker and photographer who works in both the beauty and fine art worlds. She learned photography at St Martins School and also alongside JH Engström. Her work consistently conveys ambiguity, distorting our traditional perception of photography. She has been widely exhibited including Tribowl Incheon, CENTQUATRE Paris, Helsinki Photo Festival, Cadaques Photo Festival and more.

© Gilles Dacquin

JBE Books

Founded in 2011 in Paris, France and directed by David Desrimais, JBE Books (Jean Boîte Éditions) publishes books in the digital age, in the fields of arts, humanities and poetics with international artists and authors.

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Research Residency — Ann Massal at the MEP

As part of its policy of supporting research, the MEP is pleased to welcome the creative thinker and photographer Ann Massal for a three-month research residency based on its collections and artificial intelligence.

From 5 January to 20 April 2024, Ann Massal is developing a research project at the crossroads between creative writing, photography and artificial intelligence. As a creative thinker & photographer, she decided to shoot questions at an artificial intelligence—in this instance about 25 Photographers from the MEP Collection who made history. This compilation of chats with names such as Larry Clark, Coco Capitan, Ralph Gibson, Rineke Dijkstra ou encore Irving Penn gives us a deep dive into the world of photography.

Questions raised range from the art market to the meaning of the photographic medium to more philosophical endeavors, and will result in a book in collaboration with JBE Books. In part a philosophical essay, in part an art critic of one of the most emblematic photographic collection in the world, this photobook UFO sheds a new light on the world of photography as seen through the lens of AI language.

© Gilles Dacquin

Ann Massal

Born and working in Paris, after having lived in New York City and London, Ann Massal is a creative thinker and photographer who works in both the beauty and fine art worlds. She learned photography at St Martins School and also alongside JH Engström. Her work consistently conveys ambiguity, distorting our traditional perception of photography. She has been widely exhibited including Tribowl Incheon, CENTQUATRE Paris, Helsinki Photo Festival, Cadaques Photo Festival and more.

© Gilles Dacquin

JBE Books

Founded in 2011 in Paris, France and directed by David Desrimais, JBE Books (Jean Boîte Éditions) publishes books in the digital age, in the fields of arts, humanities and poetics with international artists and authors.

Talk with Viviane Sassen and Baloji

To close the exhibition PHOSPHOR : Art & Fashion, the MEP invites you to a talk with Viviane Sassen in discussion with Baloji, musician, film director and artistic director. The talk is preceded by a book signing session with Viviane Sassen from 5pm.

Viviane Sassen’s work was an important influence for Baloji in the making of his first feature film Augure, released in 2023. The film tells the story of four individuals considered witches and sorcerers, whose fragility resonates strongly with Sassen’s artistic universe. This talk will be an opportunity to discover the work of both artists, who will be exchanging in public for the first time.

The talk will be held in English.

Viviane Sassen will sign her books at the bookshop from 5pm, before the talk in the auditorium starting at 6pm.

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Librairie 17h-18h
Auditorium 18h-19h

To register for the event, please follow this link.

Speakers

Baloji

Baloji

Born in Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo) and based in Belgium, Baloji is an award-winning musician, filmmaker and polymath artist. He works as an art director and costume designer for fashion and other visual art forms.

Visit his website and his Instagram.

Baloji
© Keke Keukelaar B&W

Viviane Sassen

Viviane Sassen was born in 1972 in Amsterdam, and lives there. She studied fashion design, followed by photography at the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU), and Ateliers Arnhem.

Her work has been the subject of major solo exhibitions, including In and Out Of Fashion, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (2012); Umbra, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2014); Analemma: Fashion Photography 1992 -2012, The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2015); Pikin Slee, ICA, London (2015); Umbra, Fotografiska, Stockholm (2017); Lexicon, Foto Kunst Stadforum, Innsbruck, Austria (2017); Umbra, Deichtorhallen, Hambourg (2017); Umbra, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2017).

Sassen has also taken part in numerous group exhibitions, including New Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011), No Fashion, Please! Photography between gender and lifestyle at Kunsthalle, Vienna (2011); at the Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg, Germany (2016); at the Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle (2016); at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (2017); at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2017); at CAFA Museum, Chine (2018); at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco (2020) and at Fotomuseum, Winterthur (2022).

Her work was featured in the main exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennale, The Encyclopedic Palace, in 2013.

Sassen was awarded the Dutch art prize, the Prix de Rome in 2007, and in 2011 won the International Center of Photography in New York’s Infinity Award for Applied/Fashion/Advertising Photography. In 2015, she was awarded the David Octavius Hill Medal from the German Photography Academy, and was also nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for her exhibition Umbra. She has also received numerous awards for her publications.

© Keke Keukelaar B&W