Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen, American, b. 1950

One of the most influential and important photographic artists of the 21st century, Roger Ballen’s photographs span over forty years.  His strange and extreme works confront the viewer and challenge them to come with him on a journey into their own minds as he explores the deeper recesses of his own.

Roger Ballen was born in New York in 1950 but for over 30 years he has lived and worked in South Africa. His work as a geologist took him out into the countryside and led him to take up his camera and explore the hidden world of small South African towns. At first he explored the empty streets in the glare of the midday sun but, once he had made the step of knocking on people’s doors, he discovered a world inside these houses which was to have a profound effect on his work. These interiors with their distinctive collections of objects and the occupants within these closed worlds took his unique vision on a path from social critique to the creation of metaphors for the inner mind. After 1994 he no longer looked to the countryside for his subject matter finding it closer to home in Johannesburg.

Over the past thirty five years his distinctive style of photography has evolved using a simple square format in stark and beautiful black and white. In the earlier works in the exhibition his connection to the tradition of documentary photography is clear but through the 1990s he developed a style he describes as ‘documentary fiction’. After 2000 the people he first discovered and documented living on the margins of South African society increasingly became a cast of actors working with Ballen in the series’ Outland (2000, revised in 2015) and Shadow Chamber (2005) collaborating to create powerful psychodramas.

The line between fantasy and reality in his subsequent series’ Boarding House (2009) and Asylum of the Birds (2014) became increasingly blurred and in these series he employed drawings, painting, collage and sculptural techniques to create elaborate sets. There was an absence of people altogether, replaced by photographs of individuals now used as props, by doll or dummy parts or where people did appear it was as disembodied hands, feet and mouths poking disturbingly through walls and pieces of rag. The often improvised scenarios were now completed by the unpredictable behaviour of animals whose ambiguous behaviour became crucial to the overall meaning of the photographs. In this phase Ballen invented a new hybrid aesthetic, but one still rooted firmly in black and white photography.

In his artistic practice Ballen has increasingly been won over by the possibilities of integrating photography and drawing. He has expanded his repertoire and extended his visual language. By integrating drawing into his photographic and video works, the artist has not only made a lasting contribution to the field of art, but equally has made a powerful commentary about the human condition and its creative potential.

His contribution has not been limited to stills photography and Ballen has been the creator of a number of acclaimed and exhibited short films that dovetail with his photographic series’. The collaborative film I Fink You Freeky, created for the cult band Die Antwoord in 2012, has garnered over 85-million hits on YouTube. He has taken his work into the realms of sculpture and installation, most recently at Paris’ Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (2017), Australia’s Sydney College of the Arts (2016) and at the Serlachius Museum in Finland (2015) among others.

Ballen’s series, The Theatre of Apparitions (2016), is inspired by the sight of these hand-drawn carvings on blacked-out windows in an abandoned women’s prison.

Ballen started to experiment using different spray paints on glass and then ‘drawing on’ or removing the paint with a sharp object to let natural light through. The results have been likened prehistoric cave-paintings: the black, dimensionless spaces on the glass are canvases onto which Ballen has carved his thoughts and emotions. He also released a related animated film, Theatre of Apparitions, which has been nominated for various awards.


In September 2017 Thames & Hudson published a large volume of the collected photography with extended commentary by Ballen titled Ballenesque Roger Ballen: A Retrospective.


In February 2017 the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town named its photographic facility the Roger Ballen Foundation Centre for Photography thereby ensuring that Ballen’s work and contribution will continue into the future.




Hamiltons Gallery –  London, United KingdomDaum Museum of

Contemporary Art, Sedalia, United States

La ERRE Cultural Soace, Guatemala

Origins Centre Association, Johannesburg, South Africa

Guandong Museum, China

Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrom, Norway

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga, New Zealand

Biennial Fotografica Bogota, Columbia

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota Florida, United States

Stadtmuseum + Kunstsammlung Jena, Jena, Germany



Gallery Momo, Johannesburg

Gallery Momo, Cape Town

Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Australia

James Fuentes, New York City, United States

Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose State University, San Jose, United States

Carpentier Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy

Centro Fotografico Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Mexico

Von der Heydt-Kunsthalle, Wuppertal-Barmen, Germany

Southeast Musuem of Photography, Daytona, United States

Etherton Gallery, Tucson, United States

Central Academy of Fine Art Museum, Beijing

Anzenberger Gallery, Handmade Show, Austria

SIPF Gillman Barracks, Singapore

Photokina, Cologne, Germany

Foto Museo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City

Izzy Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Hydra and Fotografia, Mexico

SNAP! Gallery, Orlando, Florida, United States

Wei-Ling Contemporary, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

City Gallery Palffy Palais – Bratislava

Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts, India

TEA Tenarife Space of Arts, Tenerife

Barbado Gallery, Lisboa, Portugal

Zemack Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Aura Gallery, China



Bogotá Photo Festival, Bogotá, Colombia

CAFAM, Beijing, China

Chazen Museum of Art, Wisconsin, United States

David Krut Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Frigoriferi Milanesi, Milan, Italy

Fried Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

Galerie Karsten Greve, Köln, Germany

Galerie Rudolphe Janssen, Masks, Brussels, Belgium

Galerie Senda, Barcelona, Spain

Kafka House, Prague, Czech Republic

Kyotographie, Kyoto, Japan

La Fabrica, Madrid, Spain

Montserrat, Barcelona, Spain

Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Museum of Image, Braga, Portugal

Photoink, New Delhi, India

Pori Art Museum, Pori , Finland

Serlachius Museum, Mänttä, Finland



Atlas Sztuki, Lodz, Poland

Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

Circa Gallery, Johannesburg

Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires

Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

Galerie Karsten Greve, One Man Show “Asylum of the Birds”, Paris Photo, France

Kulungwana, Maputo, Mozambique

Kunst- und Kulturzentrum Monschau, Aachen, Deutschland

Moscow Media Centre, Moscow Russia

Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France

Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome, Italy

Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Brazil

Museum Dr. Guislain, Gent, Belgium

Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany

Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris, France



Samara State Art Museum, Samara

Tolyatti State Art Museum, Tolyatti

Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast, Northern Island

Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg

Johannesburg Art Fair, South Africa

Maison De L’Image Documentaire, The CèTávoiR Association, Paris, France

Museum of Old and New, Hobart Australia

Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Denmark

Photoink, New Delhi, India

Pingao International Photography Festival, China

Palm Springs Art Museum, California, USA

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA

Westlicht, Schauplatz fur Fotografie, Vienna, Austria



Perm State Art Gallery, Perm

ROBA Gallery, Omsk
ROSPHOTO Museum Exhibition Centre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Novosibirsk

Metenkov House, Museum of photography, Ekaterinburg

Erdmann Contemporary & the Photographers Gallery za, Cape Town, South Africa

Guate Festival, Guatemala de la Asunción, Guatemala

Kleinschmidt Fine Photographs, Wiesbaden, Germany

Kunstalle, Vienna, Austria

Manchester Art Museum, England

Marta Herford Museum, Herford, Germany

Musee de l Elysee, Lausanne Switzerland

Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Northwest University Museum, Potchestroom, South Africa

Novosibirsk Art Museum, Russia

Rosphoto, St. Pieterburg, Russia

Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel



Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

Fondazione Terre Medicee, Seravezza, Italy

Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Canada

Mc Dermott Gallery, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands

Omsk Museum, Russia

Sammlung Prinzhorn, Heidelberg, Germany




Bozar, Brussels

Centro de Arte La Regenta, Las Palmas, Spain

Comune di Arco/Galleria Civica, Italy

Festival of Photography of Savignano, Italy

Foundazione Terre Medicee, Italy

Galeria Max Estrella, Spain

Galeria Senda, Barcelona, Spain

Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, France

Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich, Germany

Gallery Photographer RU, Moscow, Russia

George Eastman House, Rochester, USA

Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, USA

Lismore Regional Gallery, Australia

Photonet Galerie, Wiesbaden, Germany

Rooke Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Sammlungsleiter Fotomuseum, Munich, Germany

Stenersen Museum, Oslo

Sydney Biennale, Australia

Ubuntu, Berlin, Germany

Ubuntu, Salzburg, Austria

University of the Orange Free State, South Africa



Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Aura Gallery, Shanghai

City Museum of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Gagosian Gallery, New York, USA

Galerie Wolfsen, Denmark

Galerija Fotografija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Hamiltons, London, United Kingdom

Johnen Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy

National Library of Australia, Canberra

Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada

Triennale, Milan, Italy

University of Johannesburg, South Africa

University of Pretoria, South Africa



AEREA / Christian Larsen, Stockholm, Sweden

BWA Gallery, Katowice, Poland

Galeria vanGuardia, Bilbao, Spain

Hertzelia Artists Host Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

Omaggio a Federico Vender at Palazzo dei Panni of Arco Trento

Su Palatu, Sardinia



Aura Gallery, Hong Kong

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany

Galerie Photonet, Wiesbaden. Germany

Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, USA

Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg

Robert Klein Gallery, Boston

Trafo Gallery, Oslo, Norway

YOURS Gallery, Warsaw, Poland



Museum voor Fotografie, Antwerp, Belgium.

Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany.

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.

The Consejería de Cultura y Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid.

Atlanta College of Arts, GA.

Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno, NV.

Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Berlin Biennial, Berlin

Galerie Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne

Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris

Guido Costa Projects, Torino

Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, USA

Photographer’s Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch, South Africa



Aura Gallery, Shanghai

Gagosian Gallery, New York

Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam.

Museum voor Fotografie, Antwerp, Belgium.

Frans Hals Museum, Amsterdam.

Durban Art Gallery, South Africa.



State Museum of Russia, St. Petersburg.

Roger Ballen Photographs, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California.

Le Chateau d’eau à Toulouse, France.

Dieci Comme Ltd., Tokyo.



Galleria Carla Sozzani, Italy.

Galerie Mennour, Paris.



Galleria D’arte Moderna Bologna, Italy.

Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills.

Musée Nicephore Niepce, Chalon-sur-Saone, France.

Museo Nazionalle Italy, Brescia, Italy.

Nuku Gallery, Oulu, Finland.

Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark.

Russian Museum, Museum Ludwig, St. Petersberg, Russia.

Museum for Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA.

Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain.

Centro Cultural de Maia, O’Porto, Spain.

Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland.

OUTLAND, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy.

OUTLAND, Gagosian Gallery, New York.




Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria.

Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Fotoforum, Frankfurt, Germany.

Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa.

Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany.

Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.

Hasselbald Center, Goteborg, Sweden.

International Photo Festival, Herten, Germany.

PhotoEspana, Madrid.

Kicken Gallery, Berlin.

Michael Hoppen Gallery, London.

Encontros da imagem, Braga, Portugal.

Krefelder Kunstmuseen, Krefeld, Germany.

Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France.



Royal Theatre of Namur, Belgium.

Month of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Noordelicht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Sani Festival, Greece.

Museum of Photography, Athens, Greece.



Fait & Cause, Paris.

Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Month of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa.



Kunstal Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Lumo ’98, Finland.

Kunsthaus, Zürich.



Eindhoven Photographic Festival, Holland.

Tarranto Gallery, New York.



Arles Photographic Festival, Arles, France.

Royal Festival Hall/Hayward Gallery, London.







Musée de la Chasse, Paris Hans Lemmen




Shadowlands, Etherton Gallery, Tuscon, United States

Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Roger Ballen with Asger Carlsen – No Joke, Germany

V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark – Roger Ballen with Asger Carlsen – No Joke

Kendell Geers – Sindika Dokolo Foundation in Luanda

AIPAD -The Association of International Photography Art Dealers, New York, United States – Etherton Gallery

Paris Photo 2016 with Hamiltons Gallery, France

National Museum of History and Immigration, France

ZEITZ MOCAA – Die Antwoord, Cape Town




Galerie Rudolphe Janssen, Masks, Brussels, Belgium



The 12th stop, Samara Art Museum, Russia



SFA Galleries, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA



“Manomentr” Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Arezzo, Italy – as a part of the Photo Festival

Art of Others, Outsiders, Self Taught and Navive Artists, Haifa Museum, Haifa Israel

The Art of Photography Show, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, California, USA, September 2012

Confounding: Contemporary Photography, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, October 2012

Domestic Disorder in Contemporary Art, Musexpo, Gouggainville, France

Play, Turnhout, Antwerp, Belgium, Fall 2012

The Rise and Fall of Apartheid, International Centre of Photography, New York, USA, September 2012 – January 2013

Seeing Eye, Brundyn and Gonsalves, Cape Town, SA

Tender and Cruel, Tim Mellville Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, May – June 2012

Traumwelten – In the Court of the King of Dreams, Kunsthalle HGN, Duderstadt, Germany

Twins, Center for Photography, Woodstock, New York, USA, June 2012



Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History, Novosibirsk, Russia

Krasnoyarsk cultural Museum Centre, Russia

Roba Gallery, Omsk, Russia

Chelyabinsk Museum of arts, Chelyabinsk, Russia

Metenkov Museum of photography, Ekaterinburg, Russia

Gallery of the American University in Paris, France

Eumeria Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo,Japan

High Speed Insanity, Blomquist, Oslo, Norway

National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru, India

Real, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria

Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Morgan Library & Museum, The Kasper Collection of Drawings and Photographs, New York, USA



Out of control, BIP 2010, 7th International Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts, Liege

PEEKABOO! Helsinki Art Museum Tennis Palace, Finland

7th Lane, Ellen-K Fine Art Photography, Norway

Skotia Gallery First Biennial Photography Invitational, Santa Fe, USA

Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland



Untitled (Vicarious), Gagosian Gallery, New York, USA

After Nature, New Museum, New York USA

New York Photo Festival, New York USA

Cautionary Tales, Albuquerque USA



Roger Ballen, Alec South, Vera Lutter, Gagosian Gallery, New York (Chelsea).

Snaps, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg South Africa



Dog Days of Summer, University of California Riverside/California Museum of Photography.

Making Faces, Musée de l’Elysée, France.



Citigroup Photography Prize, London.

Dislocation, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain.

Dislocation, Centro Cultural de Maia O’Porto, Portugal.

New Documentary Photography, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

National Portrait Gallery, London.



La Natura della Natura Morta, Italy.

Recent Acquisitions, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Hall of Mirrors, Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark.



Portraits of Africa, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.



National Portrait Gallery, London.

New Natural History, National Museum of Photography of Film &

Television, Bradford, United Kingdom.



Comment Jouer Enfermement, Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris.


Double Vie, Double Vue, Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporaine, Paris.

South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South African.




  • Roger Ballen, Wolfgang Petrick, Karlheinz Ludeking, Jens Pepper. Broken Home. Edition Carpentier/EC2, Berling, Germany. June 2016
  • Roger Ballen. Fate. Museu de Montserrat. 28 July – 12 October 2015
  • Roger Ballen’s Shadowland 1982-2014. Czech Centre for Photography. Kafka’s House, 3 February – 16 February 2015
  • Roger Ballen: Retrospektiv / Retrospective. Nikolaj Kunsthal. 27 August – 3 November 2013
  • Roger Ballen Playpen, North-West University, Potchefstroom, SA, 2012
  • Shadowland Photographs, Manchester Art Gallery, 2012
  • Roger Ballen at Modern Art Projects (MAP), Richmond, SA, 2011
  • Roger Ballen. Seravezza Fotografia 2011, Palazzo Mediceo, Seravezza, Italy. January – April 2011
  • High Speed Insanity: the exhibition. Blomqvist Fine Art, Oslo, Norway. June – August 2011
  • Roger Ballen. Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi. 19 March – 15 May 2011
  • Iziko South African National Gallery, 2010-2011
  • Shadow Chamber, Galeria Senda, Barcelona, 2010
  • (Re)construcoes: arte contemporanea da Africa do Sul. Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. March – May 2010
  • Abitare Mondi – Living Worlds. Savignano Immagini Festival, Italy, 2010
  • Massimo Minini, Sentences, 2010
  • PEEKABOO! Current South Africa. Helsinki Art Museum Tennis Palace, Finland, 2010
  • Roger Ballen Retrospective, Centro de Arte La Regenta, March – April 2010
  • Skotia Gallery, First Biennial Photography Invitational. Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. May – June 2010
  • Roger Ballen Storie. Museo Riva del Garda, Italy. June – August 2010
  • Roger Ballen Fotografien 1969 – 2010, Munchner Stadtmuseum, 2010
  • The Arresting Image. Pimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania Centre for the Arts, 2009.
  • Roger Ballen Retrospektiva 1982 – 2004, Mid-career retrospective & Boarding House. Gelrija Fotografia, Ljubjana, Slovenia, 2009
  • Festival Punto Aparte, Bendita Locura, Italy. May – June 2009
  • Darkroom, Photography and new media in South Africa since 1950, VMFA, 2009
  • Roger Ballen: Boarding House. OCAD Professional Gallery, Ontario, Canada. March – May 2009
  • Roger Ballen; 1982–2009, La Triennale di Milano, November 2009
  • The Portrait: Photography as Stage, Vienna. July – September 2009
  • Brutal, Tender, Human, Animal, National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australia. November 2008
  • Dietro l’ombra: fotografie di Roger Ballen. Villanova Monteleone, Sardinia. 2008
  • The Sorrow of Death, BWA Katowice, Poland, November, 2008
  • Omaggio Federico Vender, Italy, 2007
  • Reflex New Art Gallery, Amsterdam, 2005
  • The Third Body, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Germany 2004
  • The Photograph as Contemporary Art, UK 2004
  • Roger Ballen: L’humanite pour pretexte. Toulouse, France. January – March 2004
  • Lateral Thinking, Art of the 1990’s, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
  • Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milano, Italy January 2003
  • Fact & Fiction, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris France, March 2003
  • Photographers’ Gallery Press no. 2, Japan
  • Das Geheimnis Der Photographie, Germany, 2003
  • La Natura Della Natura Morta – Fotographia, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna Italy, 2002
  • Dislocación – Imagen & Identidad Sudafrica, Spain, 2002
  • National Portrait Gallery, John Kobal, Photographic Portrait Award 2002 Ten years: a celebration 1993 – 2002
  • Africa Inside, Noorderlicht, The Netherlands, 2000
  • A Thousand Hounds, Raymond Merritt & Miles Barth, 2000
  • National Museum of Photography of Film & Television, United Kingdom, New Natural History, 1999
  • Introduction to that Africa, Lionel Murcott, Mesiac Fotografie, November 1999
  • Lumo ’98, Shadows, Finland, 1998
  • South African National Gallery, Contemporary South African Photography, 1998
  • Double Vie, Double Vue, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, 1997




  • Suddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Artist of the year, 2014 (See Issue 46, November 14 2014)
  • Lucie Award, Finalist for Solo Exhibition of the year, George Eastman House, 2010
  • PhotoEspana 2009, Madrid Spain, Honourable mention – Best Photographic Book of the Year

for Boarding House

  • Art Directors Club Award Photography 2006
  • Top 10 Exhibition 2004, Matthew Higgs, Artforum, December 2004
  • Honorable Mention, UNICEF Photo of the Year 2004
  • Top 10 Exhibition 2002, Vince Aletti, Artforum, December 2002
  • Photographer of the Year 2002, Rencontres d’Arles, July 2002
  • Photo-eye, Best Documentary Title, Best Photography Books of 2001
  • Special mention : UNICEF Photo of the Year 2001
  • PhotoEspana 2001, Madrid Spain, Best Photographic Book of the Year
  • Sani Festival, Thessaloniki Greece, Best Solo Exhibition, February 2000




  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Italy
  • Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, China
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
  • The Jewish Museum, New York City, United States
  • Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland
  • Serlachius Museum, Mänttä, Finland
  • Berkeley Art Museum, California
  • Biblioteque Nationale, Paris
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Alabama, USA
  • Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
  • Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa
  • Fotomuseum, Munchen, Germany
  • George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, USA
  • Haifa Museum of Art, Israel
  • Hasselblad, Goteborg, Sweden
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA
  • Johannesburg Art Museum, South Africa
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA
  • Louisiana Museum, Denmark
  • Maison Europeene de la Photographie, Paris
  • Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester. United Kingdom
  • MONA Museum, Hobart, Tasmania
  • Musée de la Photographie á Charleroi, Belguim
  • Musee de l’Elysee , Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Museet for Fotokunst, Denmark
  • Museo nazionale Della Fotographia, Brescia, Italy
  • Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
  • National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
  • National Museum of Film and Photography, Bradford UK
  • Palm Springs Art Museum, California
  • Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia
  • Oliewenhuis, Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Spencer Art Museum, Kansas, USA
  • State Museum of Russia, Moscow, Russia
  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • Tate Britain, London, UK
  • Tel Aviv Museum, Israel
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia, USA
  • Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, USA

Ballenesque portrays the world of artist/photographer Roger Ballen. In eight segments the video reveals important elements that predominate his aesthetic.