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Viviane Sassen wins Prix de Rome, 1 June 2007

Viviane Sassen received the prestigious Dutch art prize 'Prix The Rome 2007', handed over by Minister Plasterk, Minister of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands. The Prix de Rome is the Dutch equivalent of the Turner prize, and is the oldest and best known art award in The Netherlands for upcoming artists.

From the jury report:
'According to the jury Sassen's work is of high quality and displays hope for the development of photography, precisely at a moment when the medium has reached a deadlock. She succeeds in improving herself and creating innovatory photojournalism. She plays with mise en scène and enters into a genuine collaboration with the people she photographs without reverting to manipulation or voyeurism. Furthermore, she transcends her subjects; the photographs are not purely about death, loss and urban life in Africa but also about humanity, cultural clichés, Sassen's personal life story and aesthetics. According to the jury her work is not 'pseudo-anthropological, pseudo-sociological, or pseudo-site-specific-art but authentic art'. Some of the jury members designate a number of 'masterpieces'.

Viviane Sassen wins Prix de Rome, 1 June 2007
Prix de Rome
Amsterdam, Netherlands