Roger Ballen Foundation Centre for Photography

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.

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Current & Upcoming Events


The House of the Ballenesque

Recontres D’Arles
3 July – 24 September 2017

The House of the Ballenesque is a place where the different parts of my photography and installation art come together, a place where all things are possible. Each room in this house represents an important aspect of my aesthetic. Working from the metaphor of the mind as a house, the viewer is guided along a path of association based on analogies between images, from darkness to light, from cellar to attic.

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Roger Ballen Retrospective

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
28 December 2016 – 30 July 2017

Istanbul Modern Photograph Gallery is hosting a retrospective exhibition of US-born South African artist Roger Ballen. The exhibition follows Ballen’s works which he has been producing since the 1980s.

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No Joke

Diesel Art Gallery
26 May – 17 August 2017

This exhibition features a series of innovative collaborative pieces born from a game of artistic ping pong across oceans and time zones by Roger Ballen and Asger Carlsen. The latter is a New York-based photographer whose unprecedented digitally processed photo collages featuring bodily sculptures have attracted international acclaim. At the core of both artists’ work is a fascination with the subconscious and an unrivalled exploration of this complex realm of archetypal outsiders and the preternatural.

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Roger Ballen's Theatre of the Mind

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
27 May – 20 August 2017

Curated by Colin Rhodes, Roger Ballen’s Theatre of the Mind is a provocative collection of 75 black and white images from the last two decades, and features five videos including the artist’s award-winning music video he directed for South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord.

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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