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.


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

To register for the event, please follow this link.




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.

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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