Roger Ballen, Dresie and Casie, twins, Western Transvaal, 1993, from the series Platteland (photo credit: Publicity/Tel Aviv Museum of Art)
An exhibition of about 40 photographs by Roger Ballen (b. New York, 1950; lives in South Africa), whose work is internationally acclaimed for its harsh directness in documenting marginal characters in rural areas and in poor Johannesburg suburbs. In recent years, Ballen’s idiosyncratic style has become a kind of fictitious documentation of disturbing psychodramas combining reality and hallucination.
Through collaboration on some of South African music group Die Antwoord’s music videos Ballen’s evolving paintings and scuplture have gained broader exposure globally.