Roger Ballen's Theatre of the Mind

Theatre of the Mind

Presenting Roger Ballen’s latest video, a psychological thriller set in a zone between sanity and insanity, dream and reality, the film takes Ballen’s work to the next level.

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Current & Upcoming Events


The House Project

Gallery MOMO
Cape Town, South Africa
Until 28 April 2016

Gallery MOMO presents The House Project, the first solo exhibition in Cape Town of Roger Ballen. In collaboration with Italian curator Didi Bozzini the works draw on Ballen’s fascination with the subconscious and the absurd, exploring a world on the fringes of society and rationality.

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.


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