Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen was born in Amsterdam, where she presently resides. Although, she started her career with fashion studies first, later on, she decided to study photography at Utrecht School of the Arts and Ateliers Arnhem and now she is presented by STEVENSON Gallery.
We have featured her beautiful work before, still we haven’t got enough of Viviane’s impressionable mindset. Presented below, project Pikin Slee, is a careful inspection of a small community. Pikin See is the name of a village located on the upper Suriname river, where the Saramacca people live, one of the six Maroons in the Republic of Suriname.
The isolated inhabitants of the village are mostly members of the tribe, living their life without running water or electricity, growing their own food on small agricultural plots. The whole body of work is beautiful and unique exploration of the grace of everyday life in a remote village, highlighting the tribe’s traditional living, while showcasing the sculptural presence of mundane objects through abstract and deliberate compositions.
Her distinguished use of color and close approach to the people resulted in an extraordinary series, efficiently combining black and white and color photography. The series was realized in a monograph, titled Pikin Slee, which was published by Prestel in 2014.