Roger Ballen

born 1950

Roger Ballen, ‘Dresie and Casie, Twins, Western Transvaal’ 1993, printed 2001
Dresie and Casie, Twins, Western Transvaal 1993, printed 2001
© Roger Ballen, courtesy Hamiltons Gallery, London
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In Tate Britain

Biography

Roger Ballen (born April 11, 1950) is an American artist living in Johannesburg, South Africa, and working in its surrounds since the 1970s. His oeuvre, which spans five decades, began with the documentary photography field but evolved into the creation of distinctive fictionalized realms that also integrate the mediums of film, installation, theatre, sculpture, painting and drawing. Marginalized people, animals, found objects, wires and childlike drawings inhabit the unlocatable worlds presented in Ballen's artworks. Ballen describes his works as existential psychodramas that touch the subconscious mind and evoke the underbelly of the human condition. They aim to break through the repressed thoughts and feelings by engaging him in themes of chaos and order, madness or unruly states of being, the human relationship to the animal world, life and death, universal archetypes of the psyche and experiences of otherness.

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Artworks

Film and audio

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