The Theatre of Apparitions

by Roger ballen




 First edition

First impression

Medium format hardback in new condition

Signed by Roger Ballen to title page

Dust jacket in removable protective sleeve.


Roger Ballen’s famous photographic work has been concerned with the interior architecture of standing structures. Therefore playing on the metaphor of the mind as a house of secrets and buried narratives. As a result, Ballen has created a series of images inspired by the drawings and marks which people make on their environment that link his unique aesthetic to theatrical performance. Emma Calder and Ged Haney have used 2d computer animation and a brilliant music score by composer John Webb to turn these images into a film reminiscent of an old music hall or circus. In the theatre dismembered people, beasts and ghosts, dance, tumble, make love and tear themselves apart, plunging the audience into the nightmarish world of Roger Ballen’s subconscious.

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