ROGER BALLEN (South Africa)
Born in 1950 in New York, Roger Ballen lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the early 1980s, he moved to South Africa, where he began to photograph life in neglected white rural communities. In the 1990s, this work provoked strong reactions but also recognition from international photography circles. Since Ballen participated at the Rencontres d’Arles in 1996, which named him photographer of the year in 2002, his works have been acquired by prestigious museums and his list of exhibitions has constantly grown. In 2010 alone, his works were shown at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, the Sammlungsleiter Fotomuseum in Munich, the Sydney Biennale, and the Moscow Centre for Contemporary Art. Ballen is represented by the Clint Roenisch Gallery in Toronto.
Roger Ballen, Untitled, 2010, de la série / from the series Asylum. Détail / detail. Avec l’aimable autorisation de l’artiste et de la Galerie Clint Roenisch / Courtesy of the artist and Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto © Roger Ballen