Viviane Sassen’s Lexicon Series

med_01_-belladonna-viviane-sassen-jpgPieter Hugo’s work reminds me of Viviane Sassen‘s photography series “Lexicon” (which I saw recently at the Venice Biennial-more about that to come). I find it especially striking how in both cases the people are posed in traditional art historical styles. The photograph above, Belladonna (2010), is perhaps less a portrait and more a traditional composition, except that traditional art historical narratives are upturned by the black model and contemporary dress.

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