Viviane Sassen’s oeuvre stretches from fashion and fine art, to the use of geometric shapes and disturbing abstractions of bodies. Born in Amsterdam in 1972, Viviane spent a formative childhood in Kenya from the age of 2-5, a time which influenced her later work. She first studied fashion but soon switched to photography when she realised her interests lay behind the lens, eventually going on to complete a Masters degree in fine art from Ateliers Arnhem.
In the 2000’s, Viviane became received international acclaim for her two series, “Flamboya” and “Parasomnia”. Flamboya brings together photos from various trips to Africa, where she returned for the first time at the age of 29. The series includes portraits she created in collaboration with subjects, some spontaneous and others staged, often in surreal and abstract poses.