Controversial South African-based artist Roger Ballen has first exhibition in Ottawa at the SPAO Centre Gallery
When: 13 July to 23 September 2018. Opening Reception: Friday 13 July from 6 to 9 pm.
Where: SPAO Centre, 77 Pamilla Street, Ottawa
Opening in July on Friday the 13th (from 6 to 9 pm) and running until September 23, 2018, the SPAO Centre Gallery (77 Pamilla St., Ottawa) is honoured to present "Roger Ballen: There Is No Outside," the first exhibition in Ottawa of work by the internationally acclaimed South Africa-based photographer. Known for his inspired use of black and white film, Roger Ballen has sparked controversy through his exploration of the shadowy depths of human consciousness. Developing a style he describes as ‘documentary fiction,’ he has collaborated with people living on the margins of South African society to create powerful psychodramas.
Curated by SPAO’s Creative Director Jonathan Hobin, the exhibition presents a selection of photographs and videos that capture Ballen’s signature mix of raw and surreal imagery, inviting viewers to enter into an uncanny dreamworld. Roger Ballen: There Is No Outside is the first in SPAO’s new series of annual exhibitions that feature an international artist. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
ROGER BALLEN is one of the most influential and important photographic artists of the 21st century. Born in the United States in 1950, Ballen has lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa since 1980. By integrating drawing into his photographic and video works, Ballen has made a lasting contribution to the field of art and produced a powerful commentary about the human condition and its creative potential.
JONATHAN HOBIN is an award-winning and internationally noted photo-based artist and art director. He is currently the Creative and Executive Director of the SPAO Centre (School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa).
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About the SPAO Centre
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