Jacqueline Hassink (15 July 1966 – 22 November 2018) was a Dutch visual artist who was based in New York City. She became known for her global art projects dealing with the sphere of economic power. Hassink was a guest professor at Harvard University and at the International Center for Photography in New York, where she taught conceptual photography.
The financial crisis of 2009 shook the global economy to its very foundations. Yet has anything changed at the centers of power since? Do executive suites look different than they used to? And what do they actually look like?
A decade ago, Jacqueline Hassink (*1966 in Enschede, the Netherlands) captured images of desks and conference room tables at what were at the time the largest multinational corporations in the world. Magnum photographer Martin Parr included her project in his catalogue of the most important photo books of the twentieth century. Today, the artist is taking another look at the headquarters of the approximately fifty companies that the American business magazine Fortune lists as the most powerful actors on the market: banks, insurance companies, and corporations such as Shell, BP, Volkswagen, and ING. With scientific precision, Hassink focuses on the desks and tables in deserted, soulless rooms—as if emptiness was one of the inherent features of power. Publisher’s Info
Text(s) by Jacqueline Hassink, Annegret Pelz, Michiel Goudswaard | Graphic design by Irma Boom | Language: English | 224 pp with 539 ills. | Hardcover | 26.50 x 32.50 cm.