Vivian Esassen


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Famed for her fashion work photographer Viviane Sassen‘s new monograph is entitled  Viviane Sassen: Pikin Sleepublished this May by Prestel. Sassen visited the remote village of Piki Slee in the South African country of Suriname.

“Pikin Slee is mostly made up of the Saramacca tribe, which descends from the Maroons — Africans who fled slavery in the 18th century from Dutch plantations. Sassen, being from Amsterdam, was able to speak her language with people relocated from a different continent in the most remote parts of Suriname, a country itself mostly off the international radar. Yet what brought them together was a brutal history of colonialism and subjugation.” — hyperallergic

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