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Roger Ballen's Theatre of the Mind

Roger Ballen's Theatre of the Mind

When:

  • Sat 27 May, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 28 May, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 29 May, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 30 May, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 31 May, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 1 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 2 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 3 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 4 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 5 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 6 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 7 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 8 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 9 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 10 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 11 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 12 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 13 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 14 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 15 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 16 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 17 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 18 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 19 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 20 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 21 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 22 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 23 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 24 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 25 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 26 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 27 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 28 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 29 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 30 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 1 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 2 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 3 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 4 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 5 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 6 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 7 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 8 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 9 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 10 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 11 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 12 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 13 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 14 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 15 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 16 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 17 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 18 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 19 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 20 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 21 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 22 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 23 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 24 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 25 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 26 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 27 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 28 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 29 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 30 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 31 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 1 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 2 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 3 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 4 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 5 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 6 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 7 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 8 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 9 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 10 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 11 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 12 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 13 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 14 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 15 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 16 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 17 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 18 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 19 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 20 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
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Where:

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Roger Ballen is one of the most important photographers of his generation. He was born in New York in 1950 but has been living and working in South Africa for over 30 years.

Over the past thirty years, his distinctive style of photography has evolved using a simple square format in stark and beautiful black and white. In his earlier works his connection to the tradition of documentary photography is clear but through the 1990s he developed a style he describes as ‘ballenesque’.

In his recent series, he has employed drawings, painting, collage and sculptural techniques to create elaborate sets. Ballen has invented a new hybrid aesthetic in these works but one still rooted firmly in photography.

“It’s an aesthetic, a way of expressing myself, that seems to be separate from other art, integrating drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, through black and white photography,” he says.

“It reflects on the subconscious and an understanding of the human condition. It takes thousands of little relationships to get a good picture.”

Ballen has published over 20 books internationally, most recently The Theatre of Apparitions (Thames & Hudson, UK). Since 2014, he has held over 50 solo exhibitions worldwide. This autumn will also see the publication of a retrospective of Ballen’s career - entitled Ballenesque.

Roger Ballen’s Theatre of the Mind is a provocative collection of 75 black and white images from the last two decades and features three videos including the artist’s award-winning music video he directed for South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord.

This exhibition was developed by Colin Rhodes at the University of Sydney and toured by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in partnership with Tauranga Art Gallery. It is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography 2017 programme.

Curator Colin Rhodes will also give an exhibition tour at 3pm, preceding the official opening on Saturday 27 May.

Gallery Talk: Harvey Benge on Roger Ballen - 9 July, 2-3pm.

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