Ballenesque, Roger Ballen: A Retrospective (GAGPROJECTS/Adelaide Festival)

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Alison Stieven-Taylor Tuesday, 05 March 2019
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Roger Ballen’s art is not for the faint-hearted; it is confronting, haunting, and at times repellent. It is also fascinating, brilliant, and jaw-dropping. These images seethe with malodorous discontent, menace, and psychosis. The best way to experience his photographs is to surrender and resist the desire to read the images literally, for it is in the hidden recesses of the imagination that Ballen’s images come to life.  

Born in 1950, Ballen was exposed to photography at a young age, growing up in what could be considered the inner circle of New York’s photography scene: his mother opened one of the first photographic art galleries in the United States in the 1960s with Magnum Photos’ André Kertész and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Ballen came to photography after experimenting with drawing and painting, but it wasn’t until he was in his fifties that he left behind a career as a geologist to reconnect with his artistic soul.

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Alison Stieven-Taylor

Alison Stieven-Taylor

Alison Stieven-Taylor is an international commentator and journalist specialising in photography and specifically social documentary. She writes for various newspapers and magazines and publishes the blog Photojournalism Now. She has written two books, including Rock Chicks: The hottest female rockers from the 1960s to now (Second Edition, Rockpool Publishing, 2011). Presently a lecturer in journalism at Monash University, Alison is also writing her PhD on photography as social change. 

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    Thank you Alison for a great coverage. GAGPROJECTS is proud to be working with this exceptional artist.

    Tuesday, 05 March 2019 13:25 posted by Paul Greenaway OAM- Director GAGPROJECTS

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