La Lettre de la Photographie takes a look at Viviane Sassen, one
of the photographers who featured in Foam Magazine #11.
"As long as I can remember, I have felt very
close to Africa. This is most probably due to the fact that I lived
with my family in Kenya when I was a child. Yet, this very
experience of closeness has also engendered contradictory feelings.
While feeling to be a part of this world, I have also kept on being
aware of the fact that I would never really be a part of it. Very
soon, I have come to understand that I would always remain a
stranger. In this way I try in my work to figure this ambiguity.
You feel close but at the same time distant. And that is something
that is most of times absent in traditional Western depictions of
Africa, always clearly reflecting the interpretation and gaze of
Westerners. I am trying to put that in doubt but at the same time,
I am also that Western person so I can't get completely free from
that background. But I think doubt is always good."
Read the full article on La Lettre de la Photographie.