Roger Ballen Foundation Centre for Photography
Ahead of its Grand Opening in September 2017, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa has announced major gifts from the Roger Ballen Foundation to establish and support a Centre for Photography.
Current & Upcoming Events
Musée de la Chasse at de la Nature
7 March – 4 June 2017
Like an exquisite corpse, Roger Ballen and Hans Lemmen – an artist inspired by the questions surrounding the representation of nature – indulge in a disturbing game. Working as a pair, pushing one another so each incorporates the approach of the other, the two awaken more formal echoes that reveal a deep affinity between their two artistic worlds.
Hamiltons Gallery, London
17 March – 21 April 2017
Hamiltons presents Roger Ballen’s most recent and highly anticipated body of work The Theatre of Apparitions for the first time as a series. In true Ballenesque style, the series takes the reader on a journey into their subconscious. Ballen’s choice of title is to convey the theatrical mechanics in which mental forms of life – dreams, the imagination and memories – act out on stage for the psyche.
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.