Jacqueline Hassink was born in July 1966 in the Netherlands, and currently lives in New York City. Hassink is well known for her global art projects that deal with the world of economic power. Her work represents visual, graphic, and sociological maps of the axes of global economic structures. Her first art project, The Table of Power (1993–95), was followed by projects such as: Car Girls (2002–08), Haute Couture Fitting Rooms, Paris (2003–12), and The Table of Power 2 (2009-11), which was nominated for the 2012 Paris Photo/Aperture Book Award as one the ten best photo books of the year. The Table of Power 2 was also the runner up for the PhotoEspaña Best Photography Book of the Year Award.
Her most recent work, View, Kyoto, was photographed from 2004 to 2014. Hassink has spent 18 months in the city over a period of ten years, creating a series of photographs that explores the undefined border between private and public space in thirty-four of the city’s 1,600 Buddhist temples, in which interior spaces and gardens are carefully arranged so that someone seated in a temple’s meditation space or on a veranda will be presented with a specifically crafted view of nature. “The absence of windows leads the visitor to perceive space in a new way,” the artist has said, “with no border between the private and public realm.”
Hassink’s work has been widely collected and exhibited, including shows at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur; ICP in New York and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum for Photography, Tokyo; The Photographers’ Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Guangzhou Museum of Modern Art, Guangzhou. It has also appeared in such publications as The Financial Times, Le Monde, The New York Times, El Pais, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Reuters, De Standaard, NZZ, Newsweek, Fortune, and Wired. She is the winner of the Rencontres d'Arles 2002 Unlimited Award and the Dutch Doc Award 2013. She was shortlisted for Prix Pictet 2012, one of the most prestigious photography prizes in the world. It is the first prize dedicated to photography and sustainability. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Henri Cartier Bresson Award and in 2014 she was longlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.