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Artist profile: Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen


Roger Ballen has become almost a house-hold name thanks to his association with Zef-rappers Die Antwoord. However Ballen’s career far exceeds this recent association, spanning almost 30 years and in which his style has evolved from photo-journalism to a unique and now widely recognised artistic vision. Since 1982 he has also published 11 books of his work. His images, he says, work with the psyche and the strange props create different meanings. “The pictures are the medicine”, he says, and ironically those that struggle with them most, have the greatest reward.


Ballen will be presenting a solo show in association with Circa Gallery at the FNB Joburg Art Fair. The selection will include many new images that have never been shown before.


Roger Ballen




This video was commissioned by Artlogic, and created by multi-media students at The University of Johannesburg.


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