Roger Ballen  (American, 1950) 

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Roger Ballen Biography
1950   Born in New York, NY
1972   Bachelor degree in Psychology University of California, Berkeley, CA
1981   PHD in Mineral Economics
  Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa
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Selected Exhibitions
2012 - 2013   Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Tel Aviv, Israel (solo)
2012   Roger Ballen, Kunsthalle wien project space. Vienna, Austria (solo)
2012   Novosibirsk Art Museum. Novosibirsk, Russia (solo)
2012   Retrospective, Rosphoto. St. Petersburg, Russia (solo)
2012   North-West University Museum, Potchefstroom, South Africa(solo)
2012   Shadow Land: Photographs by Roger Ballen 1983-2011, Manchester Art Museum, Manchester, United Kingdom
2012   Roger Ballen: Fotografien 1969 bis 2009, Marta Herford Museum, Herford, Germany (solo)
2012   Retrospective, Museu de Arte Moderna. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (solo)
2012   Roger Ballen: Asylum, Musée de l'Elysée. Lausanne, Switzerland (solo)
2012   No Way Out, Galerie Photonet. Wiesbaden. Germany (solo)
2012   Roger Ballen: Fotografien 1969 bis 2009, Marta Herford Museum. Herford, Germany (solo)
2012   Art of Others, Outsiders, Self Taught and Naive Artists, Haifa Museum of Art. Haifa, Israel
2012   Domestic Disorder in Contemporary Art,Musexpo. Goussainville, France
2011 - 2012   The FACE - evolution of portrait in photography," Rosphoto. St. Petersburg, Russia.
2011   Roger Ballen and Boarding House, Iziko South African National Gallery. Cape Town, South Africa (solo)
2011   Roger Ballen, Fondazione Terre Medicee. Seravezza, Italy(solo)
2011   Roger Ballen: Portraits, Still Lifes and New Works, Galleri Tom Christoffersen. Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
2011   Roger Ballen, Museum Het Domein. Sittard, The Netherlands (solo)
2011   Roger Ballen: Asylum," Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal. ARSENAL. Montreal, Canada (solo)
2011   Boarding House & New Works," Fahey/Klein Gallery. Los Angeles, California. (solo)
2011   Omsk Museum. Omsk, Russia (solo)
2011   Angkor Photo Festival. Siem Reap, Cambodia (solo)
2011   Roger Ballen, animal abstraction: selected photographs 1998 - 2011,Galerie Alex Daniels - Reflex Amsterdam. Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
2011   Reconstructions: Contemporary Art from South Africa, Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2011   Something that I'll Never Really See - Contemporary Photography from the V&A, National Gallery of Modern Art. Bengaluru, India
2011   High Speed Insanity,"Blomqvist Fine Art. Oslo, Norway
2011   Gregos, Katerina and Solvej Helweg Ovesen, curator. "The Eye is a Lonely Hunter: Images of Humankind, Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg. Heidelberg, Germany
2011   Real, Fotogalerie Wien. Vienna, Austria.
2010 - 2011   Peekaboo: Current South Africa, Helsinki Art Museum Tennis Palace. Helsinki, Finland
2010 - 2011   Roger Ballen - Photographs 1969-2009, Münchner Stadtmuseum - Sammlung Fotografie. Munich, Germany (solo)
2010 - 2011   Roger Ballen, Galeria Max Estrella. Madrid, Spain (solo)
2010   Bozar, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2010   Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, France (solo)
2010   Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (solo)
2010   Photonet Galerie, Wiesbaden, Germany (solo)
2010   Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway (solo)
2010   Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia (solo)
2009   Triennale, Milan, Italy (solo)
2009   University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa (solo)
2009   University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa (solo)
2009   University of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa (solo)
2009   Gagosian Gallery, New York, New York (solo)
2009   Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, Denmark (solo)
2009   Galerija Fotografija, Ljubljana, Slovenia (solo)
2009   Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy (solo)
2009   Hamiltons Gallery, London, United Kingdom (solo)
2009   Johnen Gallery, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2009   Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia (solo)
2009   National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australia (solo)
2009   Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Ontario (solo)
2009   Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand (solo)
2009   City Museum of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia (solo)
2009   still - roger ballen. Aura Gallery, Shanghai China (solo)
2008   Las implicaciones de la imagen, MUCA Museo Universitario de Ciencas y Arte, Mexico City
2008   Untitled (Vicarious). Photographing the Constructed Object, Gagosian Gallery, New York
2008   After Nature, New Museum, New York
2008   Go for it! Olbricht Collection (a sequel), Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
2008   Roger Ballen, Quality Pictures Contemporary Art, Portland, OR (solo)
2007 - 2008   black and white, Hong Kong, China (solo)
2007   Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (solo)
2007   Roger Ballen – Shadow Chamber, Galerie Photonet, Wiesbaden (solo)
2007   Brutal, Tender, Human, Animal: Roger Ballen photography, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth (solo)
2007   again: serial practices in contemporary art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
2007   Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, USA (solo)
2007   Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, Canada (solo)
2007   Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
2007   Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, USA (solo)
2007   Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, USA (solo)
2007   University of Auckland, New Zealand (solo)
2007   luo quanmu paintings 2000-2007 aura gallery, Shanghai (solo)
2006   Roger Ballen “Shadow Chamber” Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2006   Shadow Chamber, Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne (solo)
2006   Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2006   Atlanta College of Arts, USA (solo)
2006   Berlin Biennial, Berlin (solo)
2006   Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (solo)
2006   Christian Dam Gallery, Oslo, Norvay (solo)
2006   Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa (solo)
2006   Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
2006   Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
2006   Galerie Kamel, Paris, France (solo)
2006   Guido Costa Projects, Torino, Italy (solo)
2006   Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, United Kingdom (solo)
2006   Museum voor Fotografie, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
2006   National Arts Festival, South Africa (solo)
2006   Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa (solo)
2006   Pet Project, Australian Center for Photography, Fitzroy, AU
2006   Intersections. Atlanta collects Photography, High Museum, Atlanta
2006   The Cat’s Meow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2006   Von Mäusen und Menschen, 4. Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst, KW Institut für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin, Germany
2006   Auf leisen Pfoten. Die Katze in der Kunst, Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Germany
2006   Galerie Alex Daniels - Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
2005   Snaps, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2005   Shadow Chamber Aura Gallery Shanghai China
2004   Je t’envisage. La Disparition du Portrait, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
2004   Beauty of Darkness, Galerie Alex Daniels - Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (group)
2002   Les Rencontres d’Arles, Photographie, Arles, France
2002   Dislocacion, Centro Cultural de Maia, Porto; Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain
2002   Hall of Mirrors, Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
2002   New Documentary Photography, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, GB
2002   Citigroup Photography Prize, London, GB
2002   OUTLAND, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy (solo)
2002   OUTLAND, Gagosian Gallery, New York (solo)
2002   Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills (solo)
2002   Musee Nicephore Niepce, Chalon sur Saone, France (solo)
2002   Museo Nazionalle Italy, Brescia, Italy (solo)
2002   Nuku Gallery, Oulu, Finland (solo)
2002   Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark (solo)
2002   Russian Museum, Museum Ludwig, St. Peterburg, Russia (solo)
2002   Museum for Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (solo)
2002   Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain (solo)
2002   Centro Cultural de Maia, O’Porto, Spain (solo)
2002   Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland (solo)
2002   Citigroup Photography Plaza, London
2002   New Documentary Photography, Victoria and Albert Museum, London National Portrait Gallery, London
2001   La Natura della Natura Morta, Italy
2001   Recent Acquisitions, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2001   Hall of Mirrors, Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
2001   Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
2001   Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (solo)
2001   Fotoforum, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
2001   Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa (solo)
2001   Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
2001   Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (solo)
2001   Hasselbald Center, Goteborg, Sweden (solo)
2001   International Photo Festival, Herten, Germany (solo)
2001   Pritemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France (solo)
2000   Royal Theatre of Namur, Belgium (solo)
2000   Month of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece (solo)
2000   Noordelicht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
2000   Sani Festival, Greece (solo)
2000   Portraits of Africa, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
1999   National Portrait Gallery, London
1999   New Natural History, National Museum of Photography of Film & Television Bradford, United Kingdom
1999   Fait & Cause, Paris (solo)
1999   Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
1999   Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia (solo)
1999   Month of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa (solo)
1998   Kunstal Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
1998   Lumo ’98, Finland (solo)
1998   Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
1998   Comment Jouer Enfermement, Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris
1997   Double Vie, Double Vue, Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporaine, Paris South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South African
1996   Eindhoven Photographic Festival, Netherlands (solo)
1996   Tarranto Gallery, New York (solo)
1995   Arles Photographic Festival, Arles, France (solo)
1995   Royal Festival Hall/Hayward Gallery, London (solo)
Selected Public Collections
  Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
  Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
2011   Pijbes, Wim. Roger Ballen, animal abstraction: selected photographs 1998 - 2011. Galerie Alex Daniels - Reflex Amsterdam. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2011   Roger Ballen. Iziko South African National Gallery. Cape Town, South Africa.
2010   Nicoletti, Giovanni. Roger Ballen: Storie. Museo Riva del Garda. Riva del Garda, Italy
2010   Pohlmann, Ulrich and Christin Krause, eds. Roger Ballen - Photographs 1969-2009. Kerber. Bielefeld, Germany
2009   Roger Ballen: 1982 - 2009. Triennale di Milano, in collaboration with Galleria Massimo Minini. Milan, Italy
2009   Boarding House, Phaidon Press, London
2005   Shadow Chamber, Introduction by Robert A. Sobieszek, Paidon Press, London
2003   Fact or Fiction, Introduction by Stéphane Guibourgé, Galerie Kamel Mennour
2001   Outland, Introduction by Peter Weiermair, Phaidon Press, London
1998   Lumo '98, Shadows, Finland (cat.)
1998   South African National Gallery, Contemporary South AFrican Photography (cat.)
1997   Cette Afrique là, Introduction by Lionel Murcott, Photo Pouche series, Editions Nathan Paris
1997   Double vie, double vue, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain (cat.)
1996   Platteland, Images of a Rural South Africa, Introduction by Roger Ballen, St. Martins Press, New York
1994   Platteland, Images of a Rural South Africa, Introduction by Roger Ballen, William Waterman Publications
1994   Platteland, Images of a Rural South Africa, Introduction by Roger Ballen, Quartet Books, London
1986   Dorps, Small Towns of South Africa, Introduction by Roger Ballen, Clifton Publications, South Africa
1979   Boyhood, Introduction by Roger Ballen, Chelsea House Publishers, New York-London