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ROGER BALLEN
Outland

AGENCE VU' / UNITED STATES

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In the “Outland” series (1995 – 2000), Roger Ballen focused on white, marginalized populations around Johannesburg in South Africa. Gradually resisting the codes of classic documentary photography used in his previous series, he tackled an original approach in the construction of these images. This new orientation marked a major transformation in Ballen’s creative process, in which reality and fiction combine.
In “Outland” – which means “at the margins of society” or “at the limitations of the psyche” - Ballen integrated the theatricality of certain situations in the everyday life of the people that he photographed. The latter began to be actively involved in the production of the images by fictionalizing their own portrayal. However that doesn’t make them actors or simple models. Ballen created a hybrid image in which portrait and picture were combined. The relationship that these people photographed have with the shot proves to be multiple and complex, just like the relationships which govern contemporary society.
In “Outland”, a feeling of alienation is demonstrated and this relationship between order and chaos sheds light on Ballen’s questioning about the workings of the world.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in New York in 1950, Roger Ballen has worked in South Africa since 1982. His style has evolved from photojournalism towards a more unusual artistic vision. His work has been exhibited in important institutions around the world and is included in many collections, like the Centre Georges-Pompidou, the Tate Gallery in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was the recipient of the Rencontres internationales de la photographie in Arles prize in 2002. ‘Not belonging to any particular photography genre, although inhabited by undeniable social documentary strength, (his work) has become incontestable over time whilst continuing to gain in complexity,’, Domnique Eddé, Photo Poche N°140, published by Actes Sud.

PREVIEW


// PREVIEW //

"Outland"
FRIDAY 10th MAY – 5pm / MAISON DE L'IMAGE DOCUMENTAIRE
3 rue Raspail
In the presence of the photographer.


// AUTOGRAPHS //

Book signing sessions have been organised in partnership with the bookshop L'Échappée Belle, during previews and at the Chais des Moulins, from 8th to 12th May.

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