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.