ARTCO is proud to present the first solo show by Roger Ballen at the Gallery in Aachen.
Roger Ballen, ARTCO Gallery, Aachen
Opening date: Saturday, 02 June 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm
Duration of the exhibition: 02 June – 22 July 2018
ARTCO gallery is looking forward to its future collaboration with Roger Ballen and to present Roger Ballen in a solo exhibition. Alongside current work, the gallery will be showing work from Roger Ballen’s UNLEASHED series, produced in cooperation with the Dutch artist Hans Lemmen.
Ballen’s works, shifting between documentation and fiction, both unsettle and captivate the viewer. It is to be found in the collections of major museums across the world. Born in 1950 in New York, Roger Ballen has lived and worked in Johannesburg for many years.
There is no question that Roger Ballen is one of the most significant, idiosyncratic and influential photographic artists on the contemporary scene. Ballen’s pictures, shifting between documentation and fiction, both unsettle and captivate the viewer.
His work is to be found in the collections of major museums across the world. Born in 1950 in New York, Roger Ballen has lived and worked in Johannesburg for many years.
"Unleashed": Unsettling, even brutal, this is Roger Ballen, revisiting the depths of the human psyche in a project together with Hans Lemmen; a project remarkable in every respect. Living thousands of miles apart, the two artists have worked on each other's works over a period of months. Photos and drawings have been exchanged and re-exchanged, dissected, made into collages, in part re-photographed and drawn over; an intense dialogue involving camera, scissors, charcoal and pen. The result is spectacular, transcending the boundaries across these several genres.