Roger Ballen’s inner world and human bodies in premises of former St. Nikolaj Church
Photos: Aske Rif Torbensen
Roger Ballen: Retrospektiv Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre, Copenhagen August 27 - November 3, 2013
Until November 3, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre hosts a large retrospective exhibition of the world-famous black-and-white photographs by American Roger Ballen - looking back on 40 years of photographic work.
American photographer Roger Ballen (b. 1950) has lived in South Africa for more than 30 years, and this is where he has produced most of his major works. His penetrating photographic gaze and brilliant documentation of people on the edge of society in series such as Platteland: Images from Rural South Africa (1994) and Outland (2001) have placed him in the absolute world elite of art photography.
In premises of former St. Nikolaj Church - Nikolaj Kunsthal reveals Ballen’s classic and famous documentary period as found in Platteland, Outlandand Shadow Chamber,and partly of the artist’s newer works from Boarding House(2008) and his most recent series Asylum of the Birds. All together, the exhibition will feature some 180 photographic works by the artist.
The exhibition includes two video works, one being the music video I Fink U Freeky which Ballen created as a collaboration with the South African white trash electro-rap trio Die Antwoord.