Galerie Helder

Roger Ballen


One of the most influential and important photographic artists of the 21st century, Roger Ballen’s photographs span over forty years. His strange and extreme works confront the viewer and challenge them to come with him on a journey into their own minds as he explores the deeper recesses of his own.


'UNLEASHED' is the name of the collaborative project between the South African photographer Roger Ballen (1950) and the Dutch draftsman-sculptor Hans Lemmen (1959). Ballen's work can be called dark and Lemmen's rather poetic. Both have built up an oeuvre consisting of several thousand works with largely similar themes and imagery. Lots of animals, surreal, hallucinatory, archaic. After this project, Lemmen developed a further fusion between drawing and photo.


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