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Roger Ballen - Fact or Fiction
Ballen's unforgettable portraits of decay, dilapidation, disintegration in a South African family (and associates) are striking, shocking and at times disturbing. Here, 36 of his studies from 1998 to 2002 have been reprinted, one to a spread, on quality smooth paper. Accompanied by an interview with Ballen.
Reality or fiction, fact or fabrication... What happens when Roger Ballen takes a photograph? Does the world come to him or rather does his eye shape, sculpt and knead the world to disclose its terrible splendours and reveal its depths? As much a sculptor as he is a photographer, architect in his own way, Ballen does nothing more than accentuate reality – but oh so powerfully. For his images are more than individual pictures, they are true pieces of installation art. Micro-theatres that set the stage for what is a truly distinctive tragedy. So distinctive that it becomes universal. Because it is directed, staged and put into perspective by Roger Ballen with all the precision of an entomologist. We've gone beyond mere photography to the crossroads of photography, painting and sculpture. Dare we say: Roger Ballen is no longer a photographer. He has become an all-round artist.
Published on the occasion the eponymous exhibition at Kamel Mennour Gallery, Paris, from Marc to April 2003.
Born in New York City in 1950, Roger Ballen has lived in Johannesburg, South Africa since the early 1980s. One of the most influential and important photographic artists of the 21st century, Ballen's photographs span over fifty years. His strange and extreme works confront the viewer and challenge them to come with him on a journey into their own minds as he explores the deeper recesses of his own.
Text by Stéphane Guibourgé, Roger Ballen interview by Stéphane Guibourgé.
published in 2003
bilingual edition (English / French)
24,5 x 24,5 cm (hardcover)
96 pages (b/w ill.)
ISBN : 978-2-914171-09-0
EAN : 9782914171090
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