Jacqueline Hassink the Table of Power
...the work of Dutch photographer Jacqueline Hassink is the result of a well thought-out plan...

Jacqueline Hassink

The work of Dutch photographer Jacqueline Hassink is the result of a well thought-out plan. Accordingly, her photo series of the centers of economic power, usually symbolized by the conference tables of the Boards of Directors of large multinationals, goes way beyond the inherently incidental nature of photography.
In the Mindscapes project, her largest and most complex to date, Hassink states that she wants to investigate the boundaries between the private and public domain in both Japan and the United States. To convey the complexity of the subject, Mindscapes consists of six projects; 100 CEOS-10 Rooms, Personal Coffee Cups, Cubicles, Training Center for Salarymen, The Shoe Project, and VIP Fitting Rooms.

Jacqueline Hassink is well known within the photography arena for having created bodies of work, brilliantly designed as books and exhibition prints that centre on the theme of economic power. The Table of Power (1993-1995), Banks (1995-1996), Female Power Stations: Queen Bees (1996-2000) and Mindscapes (1998-2003) are all visual, graphic and sociological mappings of the axes of global economic structures. Hassink is a visiting Professor at Harvard University in Conceptual Photography and a winner of the prestigious Rencontres Arles Unlimited Award. Her work has been show extensively in Europe, the USA and Japan.

Jacqueline Hassink

Hassink was the winner of the prestigious Prix No Limit d’Arles at the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, France (2002), given to a photographer who pushes the boundaries of the medium.

Born in the Netherlands, Hassink (1966) is most known for her global photo art projects that deal with the world of economic power. In a precise and almost scientific way she has mapped the economic globalization of our society by focusing on global FORTUNE 500 companies since 1993. She has collaborated with the most powerful CEOs in the world on projects that take place primarily in their headquarters.

In her first art project The Table of Power (1993-1995) she photographed the boardroom tables of Europe’s forty largest multinational corporations. The tables were photographed without people in the frame. The collaborating multinationals were asked to fill out a questionnaire about these tables and the artist made drawings of the table setting during board meetings. Subsequently, Hassink worked on the global art projects Female Power Stations: Queen Bees (1996-2000), Mindscapes (1998-2003), Car Girls (2001-2007) and Arab Domains (2005-2006). All these projects are or will be published in book format.

Her work has shown internationally including Huis Marseille, Foundation for Photo-graphy, Amsterdam; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur; Scalo gallery, New York; Galerie Deux, Tokyo; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum for Photgraphy in Tokyo; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Rencontres Arles, Arles; and the Photographers’ Gallery in London.

Her photographs are in the collections of the Pont Foundation in Tilburg, Netherlands; LaSalle Bank Photography Collection in Chicago; DG Bank in Frankfurt am Main; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. In 2003 she has collaborated with Rem Koolhaas on the WIRED magazine “Office Space” and in the same year she had interviews on CNN television and BBC Radio.

Hassink is a visiting lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, USA, a visiting professor at the Program of Higher Education in photography at the Ecole d’arts appliqué in Vevey, Switzerland, and at the Wits University in Johannesburg, and at the Kanazawa College postgraduate program in fine arts in Kanazawa, Japan, and the International Center of Photography in New York.

In 2007 Chris Boot will publish “The Power Book,” an overview of all Hassink’s work since 1993. The exhibition “The Power Show” will accompany the book. The show will tour to the following venues; Huis Marseille foundation for photography, Amsterdam; Netherlands Photo Museum, Rotterdam; Cohen Amador gallery, New York.









































































































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Jacqueline Hassink Table of Power

Jacqueline Hassink: The Table of Power
HASSINK, Jacqueline, PERETZ, Henri, BUNSCHOTEN, Raoul

Dutch artist Jacqueline Hassink explores the upper echelons of corporate culture. Her photographs of the boardroom tables of multinational companies bring us into the heart of those spaces where nameless and faceless individuals make decisions that affect us all. Using the 'Fortune 500' list, Hassink approached Europe's top forty companies. Only 21 allowed a photograph to be taken of their boardroom. Those that denied access are included as black photographs, prompting us to pose the question: what have they got to hide? Accompanied by the artist's notes made during the process of negotiation, the exhibition combines the rigour of investigative photojournalism with the conceptual flair of fine art practice. The formal clarity of the work lets the viewer's own experience of 'tables of power' -- the family dining table, the teacher's desk

Born in Amsterdam, Hassink is what one might call a global professor, teaching concurrently in Switzerland, the Netherlands and the States, marketing herself as lecturer in Visual and Environmental Studies. She began her artistic training in sculpture, but as she matured, developed a fascination for the power of furniture as a social and economic signifier.

A consideration of corporate tables was her first project which began an initiative that maps economic globalisation with precision, and from an unusual perspective. Table of Power (1993-5) was a passport-format book which documented the empty boardrooms of the 40 largest listed Fortune 500 companies in Europe.

The work comprises not only an impeccable photograph of the said table, but details about the company, such as its listed turnover, the industry in which it functions and so on. Thus the work became not only an art gesture, but one which elucidated the dynamics which inform a taxonomy of economics, identity and even hospitality.

The table proved too sensitive a part of some organisations for Hassink's purposes, and these organisations refused her access. In these cases, she represented the organisations in question with a black page, which serves like a hole in the work, interrupting its surface.

In 1997, the idea took wings in terms of its corporate and marketing possibilities, and she was commissioned by the magazine Fortune 500 to realise a similar project for top American companies. Since forging these inroads into the traditional and historical gap between the machinations of artmaking and those of the global economy, Hassink has been involved in significant collaborations with CEOs of major corporations.

Table of Power prompted Queen Bees, a project which looks at more than just the corporate table, but stays within the realm of powerful decision-making. Here Hassink's research is framed by gender. She contacted women who chair large corporate boards and proceeded to photograph their boardroom tables at work, as well as their dining tables at home, juxtaposing these two sites of power.

This level of portraiture, while revealing in terms of taste-based decisions and reflected cultural values, was upheld with enthusiasm by the powerful women in question, who would most likely have viewed a traditional portrait with some distaste, if not distrust. Producing large - 3x1.3m - format prints, Hassink developed this project globally.

This project in turn led to another entitled Mindscapes in which Hassink interrogated the divisions between public and private space, using relatively small but extremely telling examples of personal identity in the corporate world. Personal coffee mugs, computer desktop designs and even one woman's collection of shoes became viable issues to work around in this manner.

Hassink has further extended her repertoire to include the globally and socially critical and revealing elements of quarry walls around the world. These explore graffiti or spontaneous drawing, evocative in the type of scale with which Hassink works. She considers 'car girls' in another project - the women provocatively used by the car industry to motivate the appeal of cars to a presumably male buyership.

Enormously visually seductive, Hassink's body of work confronts issues of control and play of public/private values that infuse identity across the board. Hassink is acknowledged by Harvard University as having contributed meaningfully to 'the shift from the traditional notion of art work to the idea of art project. The art project could be understood as a concept structured in a constellation of different but independent elements, in which the author is able to master not only the implicit creative aspects, but also a certain social dimension.'

Jacqueline Hassink Bibliography
"Kunstenaars ossingelen de forten Asperen en Kijkduin" Volkskrant 24-07-1992.
Catalogue exhibition KIJKDUIN, 28 June - 31 August 1992.

Anne Lise Stafne, "Ung provokasjon" Aftenposten (Oslo) 20-04-1995.
"Komfortabel Kunstopplevelse" Arbeiderbladet (Oslo) 20-04-1995.
"ad Hok -interferenser på Høvikodden" Morgenbladet (Olso) 28-04-1995.
Harald Flor, "Flatseng som tankevekker" Dagbladet (Oslo) 14-05-1995.
Catalogue ad Hock, Hennie onstad Kunstsenter, 22-04-1995/14-05-1995.
"Jacqueline Hassink: The Table of Power" F.EKS (PIG special nr. 3 1995).
PIG Catalogue, F.EKS (PIG special nr. 3 1995).
Jort Kelder, "Top tafels", QUOTE October 1995.
Annett Huijbregt, "uitgelicht: Jacqueline Hassink" Ruimte nr. 3 1995.
interview on the dutch radio 5, UIT with Tanne de Groot about the show "The Table of Power", (Arnhem) 12-10-1995.
Frederike de Raat, "Directietafels in Nederland zijn vaak doodgewoon". NRC Handelsblad 1-11-1995.
"De tafel van macht", Trouw 4-11-1995.
interview on the dutch radio, Vara "Ontbijtradio" by Bert Kranenbarg 10-11-1995.
"Gegensätze in der Kunst", Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger 12-12-1995.

Jacqueline Hassink, "The Table of Power" published by Menno van de Koppel, February 1996.
Catalogue COINCIDENCE I-IV, Ignis, Köln (3-3-1995/21-12-1995) February 1996.
Mark Moorman, "The Tables of Power, De tafel van veertig". Het Parool 9-2-1996.
Mirelle Thijssen, "Flatland, Nostalgie en onbezonnenheid". Het Financieele Dagblad 19-2-1996.
Flemming Dahl, "Med et øye for styrebord". Aftenposten (Oslo) 14-2-1996.
interview on the dutch radio 3, NPS "breakfastradio" 22-2-1996.
interview on the dutch radio 5, VPRO "de avonden" (Stan van Houcke) 22-2-1996.
Eddie Marsman, Boeken; on the book "The Table of Power". NRC Handelsblad 9-3-'96
Annemarie de Haas, "Bestuurlijke macht in beeld". VB Magazine April 1996 (nr 4).
"Powerstations", Wochenende Neue Züricher Zeitung, 30/31-3-1996.
Mischa Cohen, "Fortunes top-veertig" - De machtigste tafels van Europan. Vrij Nederland 18-5-1996 (nr. 20).
Anneliese Fikentscher, "Table of Power", Arbeiter Fotografie (Köln) Heft 79.1. 1996 (May).
Rainer Frank, "Römische Kegelbahnen, schwäbische Kunsträume, Schweizer Dutzendware", Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 2-06-1996.
Eddie Marsman, "De machtigste tafels van Europa", Foto nr. 6, June '96.
Bavo Bayens, "Beelden van macht en onmacht", De Standaard 19-6-1996.
Laurens De Keyzer, "De tafels van macht", De Standaard magazine 21-6-1996.
Catalogue group show "6de zomer van de fotografie Antwerpen Macht Onmacht", 216-1996.
Marieke Alderse Baes, "De Europese economie uitgedrukt in direktietafels", PI, June 1996.
TV programm on show " 6de zomer van de fotografie in Antwerpen", Belgium television BRT, 21-06-1996.
Sarah Mc Fadden, "The power and the glory", The bulletin (nr. 27), 4-07-1996.
Marc Holthof, Foto's van de (on)macht", De Financieel Economische Tijd, 6-7-1996.
John de Vos, " Een indruk van grote droogte", Knack, 17-07-1996.
art TV programm Ziggurat on show " 6de zomer van de fotografie in Antwerpen", Belgium television BRT, 21-07-1996.
Dirk Pultau, "Pathiek beheerst Antwerpse fotografiezomer", NRC Handelsblad, 26-07--1996.
Mirelle Thijsen, "Antwerpen toont macht en onmacht in fotografie", Het Financieele Dagblad, 27/29-07-1996.
Rainer Frank, " 'The Table of Power': das allerheiligsten de macht", Deutschland D7999F nr. 4 August 1996.
Anneliese Fikentscher, "Macht ohnmacht", Arbeiter Fotografie, Heft 81.3.1996.

Erik Calonius and Jacqueline Hassink, "The Table of Power" (6 American tables of power) portofolio Fortune magazine (New York) no.8 April 28 1997. Wolfgang Vollmer, "The Table of Power" von Jacqueline Hassink, Camera Austria, 57-58/1997.
Peter Praschl, "Die Tische der macht", AMICA (Germany) 5/1997. interview on Norwegian radio P2/ NRK, programm "Herfra til halv ti" on sound installation Birth-maschine from the artshow HEM art-97, 15-08-1997. "ART=POWER POWER=ART", Hyperfoto (Oslo), number 3-4, September 1997.
Catalogue HEMart97 (Norway), October 1997.
Geir Vestad, "En lyd i hvert rom.", Hamar Arbeiderblad (Norway) 13-08-1997.
Anne Lise Stafne, "Fortiden blir nåtid", Aftenposten (Oslo) 15-08-1997.
Geir Vestad, "Rundtur med overraskelser", Hamar Arbeiderblad (Norway)
Cecilie Seines, "Vekt av tornerosesøvnen", (Norway) 29-08-97. Dolores Pasman, "Mesas de Decisión", Negocios (Buenos Aires), No. 71 August 1997.
Rudi laermans, "De supplementen van de democratie", De Witte Raaf (Brussels), No.70: November - December 1997. Carolien van der Laan, "Schuim en As", interview on Dutch NCRV Radio 5, 21-11-1997.
Marianne Vermeijden, "De tafels van de topvrouwen", NRC Handelsblad (Holland) 27-11-1997.
Mac van Dinther, "De tafel van de macht", Opmaat/ Volkskrant (Amsterdam)
Marina de Vries, "Vrouwen op topposties tonen tafels", Het Parool (Amsterdam) 28-11-1997.
Yvonne Jansen, "De psychologie van de tafel", De Gelderlander (Holland)
Anja Sligter, "De tafels van vrouwen met macht", Qui Vive, (Holland)
December 1997.
"Tafeldames", VB Magazine nr.12, (Holland) December 1997. Iris Dik, "De Queen Bees/ door het glazen plafond", Vrij Nederland (Holland) 29-11-1997.
Andrea Bosman, "'Queen Bees' zitten ook graag op de belangrijkste stoel", Trouw (Amsterdam) 6-12-1997.
"Bijenkoninginnen aan tafel", Vrouw/ De Telegraaf (Amsterdam) 6-12-1997. Nathalie Strijker, "Gefascineerd door attributen van de macht", Utrecht Nieuwsblad (Holland) 11-12-1997.
Dorothée van Hooff, "Gedekte tafels, machtige tafels", FEM (Amsterdam)
13-12-1997, Nr. 25/26.
Interview on the Dutch radio ‚Radio Rijnmond' (Rotterdam), 12-12-1997.
"Arnhem", Residence (Holland), December 1997.

"Vrouwelijke topmanagers", Vitrine (Holland), January 1998. "Aan tafel bij vrouwelijke topmanagers", Avantgarde (Holland), January 1998.
Bregtje van der Haak, "Female Power Stations", ELLE, (Amsterdam) January 1998.
Riet van der Linden, "De tafels van bijenkoninginnen", Opzij, (Amsterdam)
January 1998.
TV programm on artshow "HEMart 97" on Norwegian television NRK 2, 1-1-1998 (the TV programm "HEM-art 97" has been shown on the Swedish, Finnish, Danish and Icelandic national television).
Chris Reinewald, "Residenties van bijenkoninginnen", ITEMS (Amsterdam) 1/ 1998.
Catalogue UKS Biennalen 1998/ UKS - Forum for Samtidskunst (Oslo) Nr. ½ - 1998.
Nahavandi, "Organization Behaviour", Prentice Hall Publishers (USA), 22 May 1998.
Aud Berg, "Unge kunstnere inntar Høvikodden", Asker og Baerums Budstikke (Oslo), 24 May 1998.
Interview on the Norwegian radio P2 on the art project "The Table of Power", NRK radio, 24-4-98.
Lotte Sandberg, "Biennale som ikke innfrir egne krav", Aftenposten (Oslo), 25-4-1998.
S. van Dongen, "Tables of Power by Jacqueline Hassink", HOLLAND/USA (New York), No 14, May 1998.
"Sprikende biennale", Dagens Naeringsliv (Oslo), 2 May 1998.
Jonas Ekeberg, "Luftig UKS-biennale", Dagbladet (Oslo), 4 May 1998. Mirelle Thijsen, "Tafels van de macht", Het Financieele Dagblad (Amsterdam), 6-8 June 1998.
TV programm on show "WORK & CULTURE" on Austrian television ORF, Oberöstereich Heute, 18-6-1998.
Catalogue show WORK & CULTURE in the ‚Landesgalerie am Oberöstereichischen Landesmuseum Franciso-Caroleum' in Linz (Austria), published by Ritter Verlag (Klagenburg), June 1998.
Louise Slater, "Can Boardroom Design Effect Board performance?", Director's Monthly (USA), July 1998.
Hjørdis Smedvig, "Hybelkomfyr blir kunst", Stavanger Aftenblad (Norway), 21 Augsut 1998.
Alexandra Beverfjord, "Ung samtidsuttrykk", Adresseavisen (Trondheim, Norway), 10 October 1998.
Ellen Pollestad, " UKS-Bienallen 1998", Nordlys (Tromsø, Norway), 6 November 1998.
Linda Nilsen, "underlig ung kunst", Tromsø (Norway), 6 November 1998. M.K.O., "Künstlerhaus stellt Tische der Macht auf", WAZ (Dortmund, Germany), 13 November 1998.
"Maximal Kontrast", HEINZ (Germany), November 1998. "Kamera blickt in die Zentren der Macht", Ruhrnachrichten (Germany), 13 November 1998.
Jürgen Potthoff", "Fotografien erzählen von Macht und Einfalt", Westfälische Rundschau nr. 268 (Germany), 13 December 1998. "Photography now", (Stuttgart) November 1998. Claudia Heinrich, "Tische - Räume - Wände", Coolibri (Germany), November 1998.
Julia Große, "Specksessel bei Balko", Prinz (Germany), November 1998. Claudia Heinrich, "Kontrast - Quartett im Künstlerhaus", Kultour Art (Germany), November 1998.
Catalogue "de Salon van Utrechtse kunstenaars en vormgevers" on group show Centraal Museum Utrecht (Holland), November 1998. Ralf Bodelier, "Bestuurkamers ontbloot", Management Team (Holland), 4-12-1998.
Peter Camp & Funs Erens, "De praktijk van de Matrix", Publisher Contact (Amsterdam/Antwerp), 1998.

Britt Nordberg, "Bord som bild av kvinnor med Makt", Bohusläningen (Sweden), 30 January 1999.
Ann-Charlotte Glasberg, "Mäktiga kvinnors rum utan något specifikt kvinnligt", Göteborgs Tiden (Sweden), 8 February 1999. Ulrika Stahre, "Kvinnors makt och ensamhet", Göteborgs Posten (Sweden), 11 February 1999.
Margareta Artsman "Rum för kvinnlig makt", Svenske Dagbladet (Sweden), 15 February 1999.
"werktafels", Carp (Rotterdam), number 8, February 1999.
Viktor Frölke, "NL in NY", Het Parool (Amsterdam), 17 April 1999. Ronald Buitenhuis, "Moord in de boardroom", Elan (Holland), No. 4: April 1999.
Basta 1998, published by Centraal Museum Utrecht, June 1999.
European Photography (Berlin), July 1999.
Working Woman (New York), October 1999.
Jacqueline Hassink, "Female Power Stations: Queen Bees", published by Menno van de Koppel Amsterdam, October 1999.
Maartje den Breejen "Aan Tafel - Jacqueline Hassink en zetels van de macht", Het Parool, 31 January 1999.

Residence (Amsterdam), January 2000.
"Female Power Stations: Queen Bees," Photo Metro volume 18, Issue 159 (San Francisco), April 2000.
Jacqueline Hassink, reprint "The Table of Power" published by Menno van de Koppel, (Amsterdam)
September 2000.
Randstad Agenda 2001 (Amsterdam), September 2000.
"Attitudes", El Sindicato (Barcelona), September 2000.
Fiona Kearney, "At the top table", Source 25, Winter 2000. Aidan Dunne, "Intriguing glimpse into someone's world", The Irish Times, 17 October 2000.