Room of the Ninja Turtles, 2003, © Roger Ballen
Exhibition on view:
March 22–May 11, 2012
North-West University Gallery
548 West 28 St
018 299 4341
Playpen by Roger Ballen is a compilation of over thirty years of documentation of children, the environments they inhabit, their toys, and drawings. These images, a new body of work, Asylum, and an installation constructed specifically for the gallery will be exhibited at North-West University. Ballen’s Playpen explores photography as an art form as it takes on painterly yet sculptural roles and interacts with the viewers own childhood memories and adolescent dreams.
Children’s faces hidden by masks and crude wall drawings eerily linger throughout the black and white images by the South African photographer.