Traveller of the psyche
22/03 - 31/08/2014
The oeuvre of photographer Roger Ballen (1950) leaves a lasting impression. This New Yorker lives and works in South Africa, where he finds his inspiration. He became world famous for his portraits of marginalised Afrikaners, in the midst of the apartheid. Cultural isolation, poverty and incest yield pictures of gaunt figures on the fringes of society. Ballen’s later work is more complex: black and white photographs in which man, animal and drawing merge into one. The cruelty of the human condition, the ultimate tension of the human body, the thin line between normality and abnormality: Ballen’s pictures are overwhelming testimonies of one big psychological journey.
War and Trauma
11/01/2013 - 06/30/2014
In cooperation with In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres
See also www.oorlogentrauma.be
How were injured soldiers care of at the front taken during World War I? Who did this? How were the victims evacuated? What happened with the soldiers with shellshock? Were they cowards, male hysterics or were they truly traumatised?
On the eve of the major commemorations of World War I, the double exhibition War and trauma clarifies that the focus, also a hundred years on, should be on the fate of the people. The In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres deals with the organisation of general medical care at the front during World War I. The Dr Guislain Museum in Ghent zooms in on several conflicts during the 20th century, but with an emphasis on a specific medical branch, psychiatry.