The Hughes Gallery now representing Roger Ballen - Art Collector

Roger Ballen, Smirk, 2009. Pigment print, edition 5., 90 x 90cm. Courtesy: the artist and Hughes Gallery, Sydney

The Hughes Gallery in Sydney has announced they will now represent of renowned photographer Roger Ballen.

Ballen’s work has been exhibited internationally, with the most recent retrospective exhibition being Lines, Marks, and Drawings: Through the Lens of Roger Ballen at the African Art Museum. Ballen has also exhibited at the 17th Biennale of Sydney and at MONA in Tasmania.

The artist began his career by documenting the inhabitants of remote villages in South Africa in the late 1980s. Though he has since moved away from documentary, he continues to focus on those on the fringes of society and the interactions between people, objects and animals.

Ballen’s black and white photographs are constructed in a unique manner, combining performance, drawing and sculpture. He places subjects and objects within the frame in an ambiguous and surreal manner.

Ballen says “my purpose in taking photographs over the past 40 years has ultimately been about defining myself. It has been fundamentally a psychological and existential journey.”

Emily Cones-Browne

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