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Roger Ballen

American-South African, b. 1950

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Roger Ballen

American-South African, b. 1950

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Roger Ballen has lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the past three decades. His black-and-white photography has shifted from an early focus on documentary and photojournalism—such as the 1994 series "Platteland: Images From Rural South Africa," which depicted the poor and socially outcast—to staged, painterly compositions of private, surreal worlds, many without human subjects. In the 2009 series "Boarding House," animals, wall drawings, and objects like furniture and electric wire (a reappearing visual) combine to yield ambiguous and discomfiting images, recalling artists such as Diane Arbus.

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Tate Britain, and 3 more
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New Museum, and 3 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 1 more
Biography

Roger Ballen has lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the past three decades. His black-and-white photography has shifted from an early focus on documentary and photojournalism—such as the 1994 series "Platteland: Images From Rural South Africa," which depicted the poor and socially outcast—to staged, painterly compositions of private, surreal worlds, many without human subjects. In the 2009 series "Boarding House," animals, wall drawings, and objects like furniture and electric wire (a reappearing visual) combine to yield ambiguous and discomfiting images, recalling artists such as Diane Arbus.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tate Britain, and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
New Museum, and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
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Roger Ballen’s New “Aslyum” Series and the Photographs Behind his Rap-Rave Video
Jan 23rd, 2014
Roger Ballen’s New “Aslyum” Series and the Photographs Behind his Rap-Rave Video
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