Shadow Land: Photographs by Roger Ballen 1983-2011

 Roger Ballen, Twirling-wiresRoger Ballen, Puppy-between-feet, 1999Dresie-and-Casie, twins, western-Transvaal-1993

Roger Ballen, Head-inside-shirt, 2001

Roger Ballen, Sgt-de-Bruin, Department-of-Prisons-employee

 

Roger Ballen - Artist talk

Saturday 31 March 2012 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Standard ticket £10, Concession (student or unwaged) £7.50, Redeye member £5

Manchester Art Gallery and Redeye are pleased to present a talk and masterclass by one of the great photographers of his generation, Roger Ballen.

They coincide with the launch of Shadow Land, exploring three decades of his career, charting the evolution of his unique photographic style and demonstrating the contribution he has made to contemporary photography.

In his work from the early 1980s to mid 90s Roger Ballen gained world recognition and critical acclaim with his powerful and controversial images of those living on the margins of South African society. Although retaining the same distinctive aesthetic, (all his work is in black and white, square format) in the last decade his work has evolved into a style he describes as "documentary fiction" where the line between reality and fantasy is deliberately blurred. In doing so, his work enters into a new realm of photography; the images are painterly and sculptural in ways not immediately associated with photography.

For this talk, Roger Ballen will give an introduction to his work and an overview of his career.

Talk details

2-3pm

Tickets

Tickets are priced as follows:

Standard ticket £10
Concession (student or unwaged) £7.50
Redeye member £5

Tickets are available via the Redeye website.

Roger Ballen - Masterclass

Sunday 1 April 2012 10.00am - 5.00pm

Standard ticket £95, Concession (student or unwaged) £82.50, Redeye member £70

The masterclass, taking place on 1 April 2012, gives a small group the very rare chance to explore with Roger Ballen his work in greater depth, and learn about the creative, technical and business skills that have propelled his career.

About Roger Ballen

In his work from the early 1980s to mid 90s Roger Ballen gained world recognition and critical acclaim with his powerful and controversial images of those living on the margins of South African society. Although retaining the same distinctive aesthetic, (all his work is in black and white, square format) in the last decade his work has evolved into a style he describes as "documentary fiction" where the line between reality and fantasy is deliberately blurred. In doing so, his work enters into a new realm of photography; the images are painterly and sculptural in ways not immediately associated with photography.

"Roger Ballen's new photographs are haunting additions to what we know and experience. They also, technically, modify the relations between fine art and photography and between the camera and its subject. In both ways, their value is in creating possibilities of seeing, expressing and making. They add to the genetic pool of opportunity, understanding and feeling. This is exhilarating, though it may seem paradoxical that the work itself is bleakly austere. But then, we don't just extend ourselves by wearing big smiles."
Robert Greig, Sunday Independent - South Africa

"In many ways, I'm calm and methodical. But in a deep place I'm trying to find ways of defining things. I'm 60 now and I'm in good health and I try to keep myself fit, but 60 is not 20 and my mind knows this. You can't fool the mind and mine is brooding. I'm trying to figure out how all this happened, and what it's all about. I always go back to these same questions and photography is the best way I've come up with to try to deal with these issues. It takes me further than anything else I do."
Roger Ballen, from an interview with Robert Enright for Mois de la Photo

Masterclass details

The masterclass gives a small group the very rare chance to explore with Roger Ballen his work in greater depth, and learn about the creative, technical and business skills that have propelled his career.

Additionally, a limited number of participants will be able to show their own work for discussion by Roger and the group. If you would like to show your work, please choose that option when you book your ticket, and you'll receive more info.

The masterclass runs from 10am to 5pm, Sunday 1 April 2012, at Manchester Art Gallery. Please note that the building opens at 10am so please arrive promptly for a start soon after.

Please note that a free seat at the Saturday talk (2pm on 31 March 2012) is reserved for all masterclass attendees, and you are strongly recommended to attend that as well. When you register for the masterclass you will be asked if you also plan to attend the talk.

The day is recommended for serious and developing photographers at any level. The attendance will be limited to 20, with 10 able to present their own work (first come first served).

Tickets

Masterclass ticket prices, with talk included:
Standard ticket £95
Concession (student or unwaged) £82.50
Redeye member £70

Purchase tickets for the masterclass from the Redeye website.