The World According to Roger Ballen
The World According to Roger Ballen. First edition (2019). First impression large format hardback in new condition. Flat signed to title page by Roger Ballen. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch. This book looks at Ballen’s career in the wider cultural context beyond photography. As a result, it includes his connections with and collections of Art Brut. It features photographs selected from across Ballen’s career, along with installations created exclusively for the exhibition at Halle Saint Pierre and photographs of objects and works from Ballen’s own collection of Art Brut.
About The World According to Roger BallenIn The World According to Roger Ballen, wich is co-authored with Colin Rhodes, we can see Ballen’s career and how it involved a lot more than photography, for example, his collections of Art Brut. The book features photographs from across Ballen’s career, along with installations created exclusively for the exhibition at Halle Saint Pierre and photographs of objects and works from Ballen’s own collection of Art Brut. Furthermore, the book is organised thematically with texts by Colin Rhodes and an introduction and interview with Ballen.
About Roger BallenOne of the most influential and important photographic artists of the 21st century, Roger Ballen’s photographs span over forty years. His strange and extreme works confront the viewer and challenge them to come with him on a journey into their own minds as he explores the deeper recesses of his own. Roger Ballen was born in New York in 1950 but for over 30 years he has lived and worked in South Africa. His work as a geologist took him out into the countryside and led him to take up his camera and explore the hidden world of small South African towns. At first he explored the empty streets in the glare of the midday sun but, once he had made the step of knocking on people’s doors, he discovered a world inside these houses which was to have a profound effect on his work. These interiors with their distinctive collections of objects and the occupants within these closed worlds took his unique vision on a path from social critique to the creation of metaphors for the inner mind. After 1994 he no longer looked to the countryside for his subject matter finding it closer to home in Johannesburg.
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