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Roger Ballen: Asylum of the Birds (2014)

ISBN: 9780500544297
Artist(s): Roger Ballen
Author(s): Roger Ballen
Format: paperback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2014
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Total Pages: 144
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated

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The much-awaited new monograph from Roger Ballen, one of the most revered and original image-makers of today

This new body of work extends the artistic trajectory charted across Roger Ballen’s three previous books – Outland, Shadow Chamber and Boarding House.

The black-and-white images were photographed within the confines of a house in a Johannesburg suburb, the location of which remains a mystery. The inhabitants of the house, both people and animals, and most notably, the ever-present birds, are the cast who perform within a sculptural and decorated theatrical interior that Roger Ballen creates and orchestrates.

The resulting images exist in a space between painting, drawing, installation and photography. They are timeless, psychologically powerful and masterfully composed. In a world in which photographers seek to avoid definition, Roger Ballen’s photographs defy classification and genres: his world stands out as one of a kind.

‘At first the images seem dense, incomprehensible, but automatically your brain sets to work picking them apart … compelling’ – Amateur Photographer

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