Roger Ballen’s photographs are painterly and sculptural in ways not immediately associated with photography. His uniquely built image spaces, exhibited for the first time in Canada at Clint Roenisch Gallery – see Feature Exhibitions – depict people, animals and objects posed in mysterious, celllike rooms. Ballen’s background as a documentary photographer focusing on the people of rural South Africa continues to inform his current work.
Born in New York City in 1950, Roger Ballen has lived in South Africa for almost 30 years. His work has been widely exhibited internationally at venues including the Berlin Biennale 2006 and the State Museum of Russia, St. Petersburg. It can be found in major collections including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. A large survey opens at the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg in May 2007.