Roger Ballen - Theater of the Absurd

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Roger Ballen - Theater of the Absurd

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Title: Theater of the Absurd

Photographer: Roger Ballen

Text: Didi Bozzini

Publisher: Pug Oslo

Year: 2014

Binding: Hardcover, dust jacket

Pages: 112 pp.

Size: 30,5 x 30,5 cm

Language: English

Notes: Signed, dated and numbered (20/500) by the artist.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition 'Roger Ballen's Theater of the Absurd' at Fotografiska, Stockholm, 2014.

About the artist:

One 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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