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Roger Ballen | The Theatre of Apparitions

Curator: Yaron Haramati

The Theatre of Apparitions is an immersive and groundbreaking project by one of the most critically acclaimed art photographers of our times.

With a career spanning over four decades, Roger Ballen is best known for his psychologically powerful and masterfully composed images that exist in a space between painting, drawing, installation and photography. This project is both a departure from his existing oeuvre and the culmination of his unique aesthetic linking image-making and theatrical performance. Separated into seven chapters or ‘acts’, these Ballenesque images take readers on a journey deep into their subconscious.

Inspired by the sight of hand-drawn carvings on blacked-out windows in an abandoned women’s prison, Ballen started to experiment using different spray paints on glass and then ‘drawing on’ or removing the paint with a sharp object to let natural light through. The results are like prehistoric cave-paintings: the black, dimensionless spaces on the glass are canvases onto which Ballen carves his thoughts and emotions. Fossil-like facial forms and dismembered body parts co-exist uncomfortably with vaporous, ghost-like shadows – these images have the capacity to shock, inspire, amuse and even elate viewers. Timeless and innovative, earthly and otherworldly, physical and spiritual, his work transcends all traditional concepts of photography.

Text by Colin Rhodes


Roger Ballen, The Theatre of Apparitions, 2016
HD Video, 5:00 min.

Roger Ballen interview on Channel 1 Israel



Dec 2016