Openings This Week: JHB | A Pop-Up Exhibition and Understanding the Beauty in Ugliness

This week in Joburg openings and art related events, there’s a talk by renowned photographer Roger Balllen investigating the beauty in ugliness as well as a one day only pop-up group exhibition.


Friday 23 Janurary


Roger Ballen – Is Ugliness Beauty? at Creative Mornings


Roger Ballen Portrait



Roger Ballen was born in New York in 1950, but for over 30 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. Once he had made the step of knocking on people’s doors, he discovered a world inside these houses which was to have a profound effect on his work. After 1994 he no longer looked to the countryside for his subject matter finding it closer to home in Johannesburg.

Over the past thirty years, his distinctive style of photography has evolved using a simple square format in stark and beautiful black and white. The line between fantasy and reality in his more recent 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. The often improvised scenarios are completed by the unpredictable behaviour of the animals, which appear snapped in an instant of observation.


8am – 10 am


44 Stanley Avenue

Join the waiting list to purchase tickets here.



Saturday, 24 January


One day pop-up exhibition at In Toto Gallery


Audrey Anderson


In Toto Gallery is starting 2015 out with a one day pop-up exhibition featuring Audrey Anderson, Yael Feldman, Zwelethu Machepha, Ross Passmoor and Leanne Shakenovsky.


9am – 3pm

In Toto Gallery

6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 st. Andrew Street, Birdhaven



Between 10 and 5