Saturday September 23 2017 to January 2018
Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga
Roger Ballen is one of the most important photographers of his generation. He was born in New York in 1950 but has been living and working in South Africa for over 30 years. Over the past thirty years his distinctive style of photography has evolved using a simple square format in stark and beautiful black and white. In his earlier works his connection to the tradition of documentary photography is clear but through the 1990s he developed a style he describes as ‘ballenesque’.
In his recent series he has employed drawings, painting, collage and sculptural techniques to create elaborate sets. Ballen has invented a new hybrid aesthetic in these works but one still rooted firmly in photography.
He has published over 20 books internationally, most recently The Theatre of Apparitions (Thames & Hudson, UK). Since 2014 he has held over 50 solo exhibitions worldwide. This autumn will also see the publication of a retrospective of Ballen’s career – entitled Ballenesque.
Tauranga Art Gallery
Date(s) - 23/09/2017 - 01/01/2018