Sunday, 8 April 2012

Roger Ballen - Manchester Art Gallery

Roger Ballen, Dresie and Casie, Twins, Western Transvaal, 1993
Shadow Land: Photographs by Roger Ballen, 1983-2011 is at Manchester Art Gallery until 13 May. Ballen was born in New York but has lived and worked in South Africa for 30 years. His black and white pictures are distinctive and often disturbing - he describes his work as 'documentary fiction', blurring the line between fantasy and reality. This is his first major show in the UK.
Ballen has recently collaborated with the band Die Antwoord - watch I fink u freeky, the video he has directed for them.
Read article by Sean O'Hagan and see several features collected on ASX: American Suburb X: Photography and Culture.
Roger Ballen, Puppy Between Feet, 1999
Roger Ballen, Eulogy, 2004
Roger Ballen, Sergeant F. De Brun, Department of Prisons Employee, Orange Free State, 1992
Roger Ballen, still from Die Antwoord's I fink u freeky (click on image to play video)

1 comment:

  1. Nice way to decorate your walls. I have never done that. My effort to beautify the walls in my house was to order big-sized canvas prints from, from images of western art. I use the same angel motifs in all of the rooms painted by different painters, such as this one by very interesting English artist Stanley Spencer,