Viviane Sassen and poster decorated township houses

Dear Shaded Viewers,

WHen I was last in Amsterdam I attended an opening at the Motive Gallery for ‘Sisters’ by Martine Stig. Motive had a stand at the FIAC this month when I was looking through various portfolios I was quite drawn to the work of Viviane Sassen.

Viviane spent part of her childhood in Kenya where her father was a doctor. Her family moved back to Holland and much later she decided to rediscover her childhood memories. She has been traveling extensively in Africa ever since. In fact she is in the process of putting together a book on all of her African work. Expect that in 2007 or 2008.

Documented here are some of the images showing the houses in the township and how they use the surplus western advertising to decorate their homes. It does not cost much and it brightens up their lives.

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.