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Alter EgoAlter Ego 2009
Bite 2007Bite 2007 Boarding House 2008Boarding House 2008 Boxed rabbitBoxed rabbit Cat catcher 1998Cat catcher 1998 Complex Ambiguity 2007Complex Ambiguity 2007 Contemplation 2007Contemplation 2007 Conversation 2003Conversation 2003 Culmination 2007Culmination 2007 Displaced 2011Displaced 2011 Dresie and Casie, Twins, Western Transval, 1993Dresie and Casie, Twins, Western Transval, 1993

Roger Ballen [1950] was born in New York, and has lived and worked in South Africa since the late 1970´s. His mother worked as a photo editor at Magnum Photo Agency, New York, and as a teenager Ballen befriended the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, and Elliott Erwitt.

For many years Ballen worked as a geologist while documenting the small villages of rural South Africa and their isolated inhabitants. His distinctive style has evolved from a documentary approach to something more abstract, metaphoric and introspective. Over the years he has developed his own private visual universe – combining photography, sculpture, films and installations. He describes his work as fundamentally psychological and existential; making art is an exercise in defining himself.

Escapee 2011Escapee 2011 Fivehands 2006Five hands 2006 SC UNPUB 556 FFF 001Fraught 2003 Head-inside-shirt-2001Head-inside-shirt-2001 Hungry dog, 2003Hungry dog, 2003 Pielie 2012Pielie 2012 Portrait of sleeping girl 2000Portrait of sleeping girl 2000 Scavenging 2004Scavenging 2004 Skin and bones2007Skin and bones2007 Under the moon 2000Under the moon 2000

 

More on Roger Ballen:

http://blog.frieze.com/roger_ballen/