Africa by Viviane Sassen

Bodies are the fulcrum of Viviane Sassen’s work. Taken in Africa, a place Sassen uncertainly calls home, these photographs center around the theme of parasomnia. Classified as a sleeping disorder, parasomnia causes irregular perceptions, emotions and movements when a person is falling asleep, transitioning between sleep stages, or waking up. The body begins to lunge towards a reality, finely tuned, but is suddenly jolted by a dissociative state, one in which bodies become place-holders. They struggle under loss, hold up dreams, signify a beautiful struggle. Full of potential energy, Sassen’s work deserves a long, slow look, admiring her expert control of composition, color, lighting and human presence. See more of her work here.