Roger Ballen

USA, 1950.
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Roger Ballen

Asylum of the Birds: Caged

2010
Ed. 5 + 2 A.P.
Archival pigment print

74 x 70 cm

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El asilo de las aves (2010) es una serie realizada dentro de los confines de una casa en un suburbio de Johannesburgo. Sus habitantes de la casa, tanto personas como de animales, y más aún los omnipresentes pájaros, son el reparto que actúan en un interior escultórico y decorado orquestado por el autor. La obra resulta en imágenes con capas voluptuosas en las que aparecen el graffiti, dibujos, animales y objetos encontrados.

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Roger Ballen

Asylum of the Birds: Alter ego

2010
Ed. 5 + 2 A.P.
Archival pigment print

50 x 50 cm

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El asilo de las aves (2010) es una serie realizada dentro de los confines de una casa en un suburbio de Johannesburgo. Sus habitantes de la casa, tanto personas como de animales, y más aún los omnipresentes pájaros, son el reparto que actúan en un interior escultórico y decorado orquestado por el autor. La obra resulta en imágenes con capas voluptuosas en las que aparecen el graffiti, dibujos, animales y objetos encontrados.

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Roger Ballen

Exhibition view

Collective show "Jupiter XL"
2016

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Roger Ballen

USA, 1950.
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Roger Ballen’s strange and extreme works confront the viewer and challenge them to come with him on a journey into their own minds. Ballen was born in New York in 1950 but for over thirty 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. The line between fantasy and reality in his series ‘Boarding House’ and ‘Asylum of the Birds’ has become increasingly blurred and in these series he has employed drawings, painting, collage and sculptural techniques to create elaborate sets.

His work has culminated in the following books: ‘Dorps: Small Towns of South Africa’ (1986), ‘Platteland: Images from Rural South Africa’ (1994), ‘Outland’ (2000), ‘Shadow Chamber’ (2005), ‘Boarding House’ (2009), through to the new work from the series, Asylum of the Birds (2014) edited by the pre-eminet british editorial house Thames & Hudson.

His oeuvre has been shown at some of the leading museums in the world, including NYC MoMA, The British National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian Institute of Washington, the South African National Gallery, Cape Town, Centro de la Imagen, among numerous Museums and galleries around the globe.

 

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Asylum of the Birds (2010). This series was taken within the confines of a house in a Johannesburg suburb.. The inhabitants of the house, both people and animals, and most notably the ever-present birds, are the cast who perform within a sculptural and decorated theatrical interior that the author creates and orchestrates. The resulting works are richly layered with graffiti, drawings, animals, and found objects.