The exhibition “The World According to Roger Ballen” is accompanied by a guide featuring some of Ballen’s most famous photographs and a number of images of his photographic installations as well as the gallery space. The text, written by the curator of the exhibition Marija Skočir, was composed in dialogue with the photographer.
He has returned to Ljubljana in 2019 with the exhibition The Theatre of Apparitions at the Galerija Fotografija and at that occasion, he revealed that something transformative had begun to reshape his artistic credo in recent years: namely, the implementation of colour and the dimension of space. Ballen, who had been until then known for his iconic black-and-white square formats, surprised us with the fresh and balanced aesthetic of his colour photographs. More than ever before, these new photographs engaged the lucid stage sets of his photographic installations, which had begun to acquire a life of their own, striving to enter the exhibition space itself. Roger's new work thus posed new conceptual questions, and the Jakopič Gallery responded with its enigmatic and athmospheric exhibition space, presenting the exhibition The World According to Roger Ballen.
Text: Marija Skočir and Roger Ballen
Size: 24.5 x 24.5 cm, 72 pages
Publisher: Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Jakopič Gallery, 2021