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The Table of Power 2
Jacqueline Hassink

The Table of Power 2
Jacqueline Hassink
Hatje Cantz

Texts by Jacqueline Hassink, Annegret Pelz and Michiel Goudswaard


Red Edition
224 Pages
265 x 325 mm
ISBN 9783775733359


A comparison and photographic panorama of “tables of power”. 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.

About the Artist
Jacqueline Hassink was born in 1966 in Enschede, the Netherlands. Following studies at the Royal Art Academy of the Hague, she graduated from the Art Academy of Trondheim, Norway, in 1992, majoring in sculpture. Now based in New York since 1996, she is best known for her global photo art projects that deal with the world of economic power. The work represents visual, graphic, and sociological maps of the axes of global economic structures. She also has a related interest in the identity of a space and what defines the private and public realms. Since 2004 Hassink has spent a lot of time in Japan where she developed several bodies of work.

About the Publisher
Hatje Cantz Verlag is a German book publisher specialising in photography, art, architecture and design. It was established in 1945 by Gerd Hatje and has offices in Stuttgart and Berlin. Hatje Cantz Verlag has a backlist of nearly 800 titles.

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