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Roger Ballen // Ballenesque

WILLAS contemporary in collaboration with UNCONTAMINATED OSLO FASHION ART FESTIVAL presents; 

ROGER BALLEN   

'BALLENESQUE'

The World-renowned artist/photographer Roger Ballen belongs to the most recognised and innovative photographers of his generation. He will be visiting Oslo from October 12th-14th 2017.

On Friday, October 13th, you can experience Roger Ballen's mesmerising universe in an old circus tent for a one-night-only at Aker Brygge in Oslo. A selection of analogue photographs combined with movies, projections and a very distinctive sound scape will enable those present to experience Ballen´s incomprehensible visionary world in an entirely new way.

The event on Friday is followed by a sales exhibition at WILLAS contemporary, open to the public Saturday 14th of October at 12 pm.  In total, over 100 works from the 1970s to the present will be exhibited, depicting the evolution of the artist’s aesthetic which is now commonly referred to as Balleneque.  

Roger Ballen, who carries a PhD in Geology, was born in New York in 1950. He has worked and lived in Johannesburg, South Africa since the early 1980's. 

Ballen increasingly brings painting, drawing, sculpture and graffiti to the foreground of his work. He distances himself from realistic representation and focuses on the image as a manifestation of a state of the mind or the soul, vision, dream or even nightmare.

‘The images I create, I create not to inform. They are much rather meant to be understood as a coherent commentary on the chaos in our incomprehensible world. If I could attach any meaning to the images, they would be nothing more than simple photographs.’

The figurative forms of Ballen’s expression seamlessly blend with newspaper clippings, cardboard drawings reminiscent of the Art brut-aesthetic cultivated by Jean Dubuffet or the Graffiti series of photographs by Brassaï. 

Roger Ballen’s work is shown in prestigious institutions around the world and represented in museum collections such as Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, Tate London, England, The Museum of Modern Art, USA and Louisiana in Denmark. He has issued 24 books since 1979, and his next book; Ballenesque, Roger Ballen - A Retrospective, published by Thames and Hudson will be launched during a book signing event on Friday evening at …. and again at WILLAS contemporary on Saturday, October 14th from 1-3 pm.

Ballen’s collaboration with the rap group DIE ANTWOORD has opened his universe to the younger generation – his music video I FINK U FREEKY has received approximately 100 million views on youtube.