Roger Ballen

Traveller of the Psyche
22.03.14 - 31.08.14

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.

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