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Mourning Our Artist, Jacqueline Hassink

Jacqueline Hassink was born in July 1966 in Enschede, Netherlands, and lived in New York City. She became known for her global art projects dealing with the sphere of economic power. Last Thursday Jacqueline Hassink’s illness took her life at the age of fifty-two.

“With Jacqueline Hassink’s death, we have lost a talented artist who succeeded in translating abstract content into concrete images. With her well-schooled eye she analyzed the ways that economic forces have altered our everyday lives and where they manifest. Our thoughts are with her family and friends,” says Hatje Cantz’s publisher Nicola von Velsen.


Her first art project, The Table of Power (1993-95) was soon followed by others: Female Power Stations: Queen Bees (1996-2000), Mindscapes (1998-2003), Car Girls (2002-08), Arab Domains (2005-2006), The Table of Power 2 (2009-11), View, Kyoto (2004-2014), and Unwired (2010-17).


Her work has often been collected and exhibited in places such as the Huis Marseille in Amsterdam; Fotomuseum Winterthur and the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich; the International Center of Photography in New York, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego; the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum for Photography; Saatchi Gallery; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris; the Bologna Museum of Modern Art; the Guangzhou Museum of Modern Art; the Istanbul Modern; Folkwang Museum, Essen; und the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi.


Hassink released her latest Hatje Cantz book, Unwired, in January 2018. In this project she combined two series of photographs that portray both the omnipresence of the digital and its total absence. The eponymous exhibition opened at the Netherlands Museum for Photography in Rotterdam, and it will be on display at the Benrubi Gallery in New York in summer 2018.


Hassink was a guest professor at Harvard University and at the International Center for Photography in New York, where she taught conceptual photography. Up until her death, she lived and worked in the United States, with sojourns in Norway, Canada, China, Great Britain, Finland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, and Japan.


She was the winner of the 2002 Rencontres d'Arles Unlimited Award and the 2013 Dutch Doc Award. She was also nominated for the Prix Pictet in 2012, one of the most prestigious prizes in the world. In 2013 she was nominated for the Henri Cartier Bresson Prize and was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet. In 2017 she won the Dutch Design Award for the White Spots app, developed by Richard Vijgen in collaboration with Bregtje van der Haak. Her book, The Table of Power 2, was nominated for the 2012 Paris Photo / Aperture Book Award in the category of best photography book of the year. That same year the book was nominated for the PHotoEspaña Best Photography Book of the Year Award, and placed second. Her book View, Kyoto, won the 2015 Silver German Photography Book Prize.


Hassink‘s work has been published and reviewed in the Financial Times, Le Monde, The New York Times, El Pais, the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, De Standaard, the NZZ, and in Wired.

November 26, 2018

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