art & design, photos

Between Sleeping and Waking

I visited MoMa’s annual New Photography update last week and was a bit mesmerized by the latest work from Netherlands-based artist Viviane Sassen.

Born in Amsterdam, Sassen spent part of her formative childhood years in Kenya. As an adult she returned to Africa to try and recapture the dreamy, surreal impressions of her youthful days on the continent. The resulting series is called Parasomnia and it’s filled with bold spots of color, sharp angles and dramatic, shadowy lines. Anonymous places and mostly faceless subjects give the work a hypnotic blend of both mystery and intimacy.