Roger Ballen Exhibition in Toronto
Boarding House © Roger Ballen, 2008, from the series Boarding House.
The Ontario College of Art and Design currently presents a solo exhibition by the critically acclaimed South African photographer Roger Ballen. The exhibition was produced in conjunction with Ballen’s latest publication The Boarding House (Phaidon, April 2009).
Ballen is known for his thought-provoking photography and his particular attention to rich detail. His photographs are like images from a waking dream: compelling and surrealistic with sparkles of dark humor and an altered sense of space.
For Ballen, standard divisions as subject, object, motif and background are elusive. Rather, his controversial artistic vision for photographic detail transforms ordinary objects and fragmented figures into powerful social statements with a sense of psychological complexity.
Join the artist for a talk on Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 pm at the Professional Gallery at OCAD.