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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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Unleashed

Current & Upcoming Events

Exhibitions

Roger Ballen Retrospective

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
28 December 2016 – 4 June 2017
istanbulmodern.org

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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Unleashed

Musée de la Chasse at de la Nature
7 March – 4 June 2017
www.chassenature.org

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.

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No Joke

Diesel Art Gallery
26 May – 17 August 2017
www.diesel.co.jp

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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Introduction

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