Collaborations with


Artist Collaborations
“I was privileged to attend the memorable opening of the Skateistan skate park in Johannesburg funded by The Skateroom in 2016. It was one of those events that will always stay with me, as the young people attending couldn’t wait to get on skateboards and mimic the great Tony Hawk. One could feel the sense of excitement and awe that filled the vicinity” Roger BALLEN
Bio of Roger BALLEN

Roger Ballen’s distinctive style of photography has evolved considerably over the past thirty five years, now ascribing more to a style he describes as “documentary fiction”. His Outland and Shadow Chamber series caught the attention of Ninja and Yo-Landi, known in the music world as Die Antwoord, leading to a collaboration that would define the duo’s visual identity. The act’s music video for “I Fink U Freeky” quickly garnered over one hundred million hits on youtube.

The Skateroom presents a selection of Roger Ballen’s iconic works, revealing just a fragment of the artist’s art and psyche. Embark on a journey behind the mask and into the rich and weird “Ballenesque” universe.

One of the contributed works of this collaboration features a picture taken by Ballen during the opening of Skateistan’s skate school in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ballen wanted to reinterpret Paul McCarthy’s visual by photographing a young skateboarder with a mask on, holding a McCarthy ‘Piggy’ edition from our PROPO collaboration.

Collaboration info

Through our collaboration with Roger Ballen, we donate 20% of the sales profits to support Skateistan’s educational programs in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ballen also contributed to the Skate & Create program by giving photography classes to the students.

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