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Roger Ballen

Cat in Pipe

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43 x 41,5 x 4 (box size)
25 x 25 (Photograph size)
This edition contains 1 gelatin silver print and 1 book, housed in a handmade linen coated black slipcase.
Signed and numbered by the artist.
Edition 30

Roger Ballen is regarded as one of the world’s foremost practitioners of black and white photography. He has been shooting in monochrome for nearly half a century, from his renowned documentary images of South African villagers to his recent extraordinary explorations of the psyche and its aesthetic. His work has been exhibited across the globe, and is widely collected by the world’s important art institutions, from MoMA in New York, to the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

This limited edition print has been released in conjunction with Roger Ballen’s solo exhibition “Animal Abstraction” at Reflex Amsterdam. The show contained works from the first decade of this century and constitutes a logical continuum in the photographer’s oeuvre. Roger Ballen is exploring reality in a somewhat penetrating and merciless manner. Whereas many artists are inclined to beautify reality, he seems fascinated by the very opposite. A variety of disciplines and styles converge in his photography, producing a visual language entirely unique to Ballen. He shows us pictures we recognize instantly but would prefer not to see. It is photography easily understood at first glance. It takes as its point of departure the most classic of themes from the visual arts. We recognize the classic portrait, the landscape and the still life, now in the purest of forms, now part of a composite. Ballen composes his images and appeals to the familiar world of the flat surface. This world is a very much tried-and-tested domain of age-old conventions, expectations and clichés. In part, Ballen follows these conventions, but has no trouble dropping them when it suits. In this way he consciously toys with the limits of realism and in particular with its adjoining worlds – surrealism and magic realism. He also exceeds the boundaries of realism and creates his own, imaginary reality.

Text from an introduction by Wim Pijbes, director Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, for the book “Animal Abstraction”, Reflex Editions Amsterdam.

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