'Heliotrope is a collection of images in which Sassen investigates new ways of image-making, altering images that she shot on recent travels to Ethiopia, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal and South Africa. “I aim at subverting the way I look at them, and at the world. Colour, graphic shapes and shadows are my tools to revisit, reinterpret and gather a different understanding of what seems familiar. The ordinary and the magical merge. The series is underpinned by the impulse to explore unknown territories, physical or metaphorical'.