Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen je eden najpomembnejših fotografov svojega časa. Rojen je bil leta 1950 v New Yorku a že več kot 30 let živi in fotografira v Južni Afriki. Skozi zadnjih 30 let je je izoblikoval prepoznaven slog fotografije, ki ga zaznamuje preprost kvadratni format v surovi a veličastni črno-beli. V njegovih zgodnjih delih je navezava na dokumentarno fotografijo jasna, skozi devetdeseta pa je izoblikoval slog ki ga je poimenoval ‘ballenesque’. Leta 2009 se je prvič predstavil v Galeriji Fotografiji s premiero svoje serije Boarding Housein v galeriji Jakopič z Retrospektivo 1982 – 2004.

V svojih novejših delih uporablja risbo, slikarstvo, kolaž in kiparske tehnike za kreacijo zapletenih prizorišč. Ballen je v svojih delih izumil novo hibridno estetiko, ki pa je še vedno zakoreninjena v fotografiji.

Thames & Hudson je leta 2016 izdal njegovo knjigo Theatre of Apparitions. Z odmikom od njegovega obstoječega opusa so podobe zdaj prepletene v prostoru med risbo, slikarstvom in fotografijo, povezujoč vizualno upodabljanje in gledališki performans. Septembra 2017 je založba Thames & Hudson izdala obširno knjigo njegovega opusa Ballenesque Roger Ballen: A Retrospective.

Ballen se ne posveča zgolj fotografiji, temveč je posnel in razstavil veliko število priznanih in razstavljenih kratkih filmov. Med drugim je za kultni duo Die Antwoord leta 2012 soustvaril video I Fink You Freeky,ki ima na Youtubeu več kot 125 milijonov zadetkov.

Knjige:
  • Ballenesque Roger Ballen: A Retrospective, London: Thames & Hudson, 2017.
  • Unleashed, Roger Ballen, Hans Lemmen: Kerber Verlag, 2017.
  • Roger Ballen – Polaroids, volume 1: Alex Daniels, Reflex Editions, Amsterdam 2017.
  • Theatre of Apparitions, London: Thames & Hudson, 2016.
  • Roger Ballen Appearances, Disappearances, Reappearances: Nazraeli Press, USA 2016.
  • No Joke, Asger Carlsen, Roger Ballen: Morel, UK 2016.
  • Resurrected, Toinen Tuleminen: Kerber Art/Serlachius Museot, Finland 2015.
  • The House Project, Didi Bozzini: Oodee Books, UK 2012.
  • Elemental, Roger Ballen and Adam Ganz: Hotshoe, UK 2015.
  • The Audience: Nazraeli Press, USA 2014.
  • Roger Ballen’s Theatre of the Absurd: Pug Oslo, Norway 2014.
  • Asylum of the Birds, London: Thames & Hudson, 2014.
  • Roger Ballen, Photo Poche series. Paris: Nathan, 2012.
  • Animal Abstraction, Exhibition catalogue Galerie Alex Daniels, Amsterdam: Reflex, 2011
  • Boarding House, London: Phaidon, 2009.
  • Shadow Chamber, London: Phaidon, 2005.
  • Fact or Fiction, Paris: Kamel Mennour, 2003,
  • Outland, London: Phaidon, 2001.
  • Cette Afrique là, Photo Poche series. Paris: Nathan, 1997.
  • Platteland, Rivonia (ZA): William Waterman, and London: Quartet, 1994; New York: St. Martin’s, 1996.
  • Dorps: Small Towns of South Africa, Cape Town: Hirt and Carter, 1986. (Reprinted by Protea Boekhuis, 2011)
  • Boyhood, New York/London: Chelsea House, 1979.
Nagrade:
  • The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation Legendary Award, 2017
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Edition 46, Artist of the Year, published on 14 November 2014
  • Best Music Video, I Fink U Freeky, Plus Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography in Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • I Fink U Freeky. Award for best music video at the 20th Short Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal, 2012
  • Finalist – Lucie Awards
    Curator/Exhibition of the Year: Roger Ballen: Photographs 1982 – 2009. Curated by Dr. Anthony Bannon for the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York.
  • Art Directors Club Award Photography – 2006
  • The Selma Blair Witch Project – New York Times Magazine, October 31st 2005
  • Top 10 Exhibition, Matthew Higgs, Artforum-2004
  • Citigroup Prize, finalist, UK – 2002
  • Photographer of the Year, Rencontres d’ Arles – 2002
  • Top 10 Exhibition, Vince Aletti, Artforum – 2002
  • PhotoEspana, Best Photographic Book of the Year, Spain – 2001
  • Photo-eye, Best Documentary Title, Best Photography Books of 2001
  • Sani Festival, Best Solo Exhibition, Greece, 2000
  • Special mention: UNICEF Photo of the Year 2001
Muzejske zbirke:
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
  • Berkeley Art Museum, California
  • Biblioteque Nationale, Paris
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Alabama, USA
  • Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
  • Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa
  • Fotomuseum, Munchen, Germany
  • George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, USA
  • Haifa Museum of Art, Israel
  • Hasselblad, Goteborg, Sweden
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA
  • Johannesburg Art Museum, South Africa
  • The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation Legendary Award, 2017
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA
  • Louisiana Museum, Denmark
  • Maison Europeene de la Photographie, Paris
  • Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester. United Kingdom
  • Musée de la Photographie á Charleroi, Belguim
  • Musee de l’Elysee , Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Museet for Fotokunst, Denmark
  • Museo nazionale Della Fotographia, Brescia, Italy
  • Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Museum Dr. Guislain, Gent, Belgium
  • Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
  • National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
  • National Museum of Film and Photography, Bradford UK
  • Palm Springs Art Museum, California
  • Oliewenhuis, Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Spencer Art Museum, Kansas, USA
  • State Museum of Russia, Moscow, Russia
  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • Tate Britain, London, UK
  • Tel Aviv Museum, Israel
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia, USA
  • Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, USA