For Roger Ballen, photography is psychological reflection. Asylum (2004-2010) is the artist’s most recent work. The series mostly consists of scenes of birds in macabre, nightmarish or lewd sketches which Ballen composes meticulously, mixing drawing, theater, painting and sculpture. He then photographs these scenes to express a link between the strangely familiar asylum of these feathered creatures and reality.
Roger Ballen, born in New York, lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. He participated in the Rencontres d’Arles in 1996 which named him photographer of the year in 2002.
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