Le théâtre de l’esprit
Photographs by Roger Ballen
From July 1 to August 26, 2017, Flair Galerie presents Roger Ballen’s photographs, a special collection taken from 2000 to 2008. We glimpse “his visual statements” with mysterious accents, issuing from the series Shadow Chamber and Boarding House. To finesse Jean Cocteau’s quote, “Cinema is modern day writing, whose ink is light itself”, his ineffable photographs, a kind of atemporal writing, reinvent themselves under the eye and as per a mise en scène, behind the curtain, so to speak. They ground the turbulent history of our world, under the light of a hypothetical fire.
Deep dive into the intriguing universe of a most influential photographer from the debut of the 21st century, who is also presenting a new installation/Exposition, The House of the Ballenesque, as part of les Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles, this summer.