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Venus & Mercury - signed copy
Venus & Mercury - signed copy
Venus & Mercury - signed copy
Venus & Mercury - signed copy
Venus & Mercury - signed copy
Venus & Mercury - signed copy
Venus & Mercury - signed copy

Venus & Mercury - signed copy

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Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 172
Number of images: 104
Publication date: December 2021
Measurements: 9.5 x 11.75 inches
Edition of 1000 copies
Aperture 2021
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Conceived and designed by iconic bookmaker Irma Boom, Venus & Mercury is
 limited to one thousand copies and comes packaged in a unique box, each individually splattered by Sassen with paint.
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A storied site of history, opulence, and political power, France’s Palace of Versailles has long captured the imagination of both the public and many acclaimed photographers. In 2018, celebrated Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen was invited to make a series of photographs throughout Versailles’s vast grounds. For six months, she was given free rein, often after official hours, to wander and photograph extravagant gardens, gilded baroque interiors, and even Marie Antoinette’s private correspondence. Venus & Mercury is brimming with Sassen’s surprising, pigment-splashed photomontages. Drawn to the bodies represented in the palace’s many marble statues, Sassen reconfigured them to create hybrid forms that play with notions of sexuality and gender and call to mind traditions of Surrealist art.
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This book also includes a series of poems by writer Marjolijn van Heemstra that allude to histories of intrigue in court society.
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Contributors

Photographs by Viviane Sassen . Text by Marjolijn van Heemstra and Jerry Stafford . By Irma Boom.

Viviane Sassen (born in Amsterdam, 1972) studied fashion design and photography at the Utrecht School of the Arts and Ateliers Arnhem, the Netherlands. A retrospective of seventeen years of her fashion work, In and Out of Fashion, opened at Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, in 2012, traveling extensively thereafter. Sassen was included in the main exhibition of the 55th Venice Biennale, The Encyclopedic Palace, in 2013. She was awarded the Dutch art prize Prix de Rome in 2007, and an International Center of Photography Infinity Award in 2011. In 2015, Sassen won the German Photography Academy’s David Octavius Hill Medal and was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for her exhibition Umbra. She has also received numerous awards for her many publications.

Marjolijn van Heemstra is a Dutch poet, novelist, and playwright, who holds a master’s degree in religion. Her first poetry collection, If Moses Had Been More Persistent (2009), won the Jo Peters Poetry Prize. She debuted as a novelist with The Last of the Aedemas (2012). Her latest novel, In Search of a Name (2020), was nominated for multiple national prizes and has been translated into nine languages. She currently writes for the CorrespondentHarper’s Bazaar, and several newspapers. 

Jerry Stafford is an author and creative director. His work has appeared in Aperture, Vogue Italia, L’Uomo Vogue, Numéro, AnOther Magazine, the New York Times, and W Magazine, among other publications.