Today I'm sharing the work of Roger Ballen. I first encountered his work a few years ago through his video collaboration with Die Antwoord - I Fink U Freeky. I was definitely struck by his work, like a mac truck. Last spring Ballen spoke at the Palm Srings Film Festival and the Palm Springs Museum exhibited his work. I was most certainly curious about his disturbing imagery.
Ballen is hot right now, I think the notion of his imagery lies in the tradition of Diane Arbus. There is something intriguing about staring at the safe distance of a photograph at these extraordinary characters. It's not art work I'd want hanging on my wall. I couldn't live with it. But as a work of art these images are powerful, you can't leave them without thinking about them and having them etched into your memory.