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Portrait of Roger Ballen by Marguerite Rossouw.
Portrait of Roger Ballen by Marguerite Rossouw.

INTERVIEW: Roger Ballen

Ahead of his talk at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, photographer Roger Ballen shows me around his new space, which he’s calling the Inside-Out Centre for the Arts. It’s not quite yet open to the general public, but already houses several installations related to the environments he creates in which to stage his photographs.

There are many taxidermy animals, skulls, dolls or dummies, as well as antique guns. One display looks like an old funfair roundabout to which zombie-like figures cling. Another is a replica of a poor dwelling, as patched together from old bits and bobs. 

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