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The world according to Roger Ballen

60 min visit

Halle Saint-Pierre
9 Sep → 3 Jan 2021
Monday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. Saturday until 7 pm.

« A real dive into the dark universe of this extraordinary artist! »

Faithful to its unique programme, La Halle Saint Pierre is offering for the first time in France, an important retrospective of this extraordinary artist, with photographs and unpublished installations produced in situ. At the origin of a unique style that he himself describes as "ballenesque", Roger Ballen is one of the most important photographers of his generation. After gaining international recognition by collaborating with the Die Antwoord group in particular, he has recently used drawings, painting, collages and various sculptural techniques to create elaborate installations, inventing a new hybrid aesthetic that is still firmly rooted in photographic art. Between reality and fiction, the artist captures and transcribes a dark world, filled with ghostly figures, exploring the depths of the human condition. Roger Ballen reigns over the black and white world of the human psyche. Disturbing, provocative and enigmatic, the work of the South African photographer of American origin, a geologist by training, expresses the feeling of confusion of man confronted with the nonsense of his existence and of the world itself. For more than thirty years, Ballen has been exhibiting in cultural hotspots. If each of them is an event, its choice to exhibit at the Halle Saint Pierre, an atypical museum dedicated to raw art and the extraordinary forms of creation, marks its independence from artistic trends. For Halle Saint Pierre, the collaboration with Roger Ballen is an invitation to put into practice - or to put to the test - the artistic and cultural otherness that raw art represents. The artist has never ceased to support in his relationship to creation an art that originates in the deep layers of the human being. Be careful, there is no ticket office online.


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