The Theatre of Apparitions

The Theatre of Apparitions

A ground-breaking, immersive new monograph from Roger Ballen, it’s both a departure from his existing oeuvre and the culmination of his unique aesthetic, linking image-making and theatrical performance.

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Current & Upcoming Events


The House Project

Galleria Massimo Minini
Brescia, Italy
14 May to 19 June 2016

Galleria Massimo Mini presents The House Project created by Roger Ballen in collaboration with Italian curator Didi Bozzini. The exhibition is set up in the spaces of Inlimbo Arte, an independent curatorial team, based at Palazzo Mondini in Brescia. Starting from the metaphor of the mind as a House, Roger Ballen organizes images that follow one another, regardless of their dating, according to associations of the images, from darkness to light, from the basement to the attic.

Asylum of the Birds

James Fuentes
New York, USA
Until 24 April 2016

New York’s James Fuentes gallery presents Roger Ballen’s Asylum of the Birds, a series of dark, psychological compositions mingling truth with fiction, creating a murky place that lies at the center of the earth, of life, of the human being.

Theatre of the Mind

Sydney College of the Arts
Sydney, Australia
Until 7 May 2016

Roger Ballen’s Theatre of the Mind is divided into five parts.

Broken Home

Carpentier Gallery
Berlin, Germany
Opening mid-April

Titled Broken Home, Berlin’s Carpentier Gallery connects two artists (Roger Ballen and Wolfgang Petrick) with similar preoccupations.

Roger Ballen

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I have been shooting black and white film for nearly fifty years now. I believe I am part of the last generation that will grow up with this media. Black and White is a very minimalist art form and unlike color photographs does not pretend to mimic the world in a manner similar to the way the human eye might perceive. Black and White is essentially an abstract way to interpret and transform what one might refer to as reality.

My purpose in taking photographs over the past forty years has ultimately been about defining myself. It has been fundamentally a psychological and existential journey.

If an artist is one who spends his life trying to define his being, I guess I would have to call myself an artist.

Roger Ballen Photography