'Memento Mori', produced by Ballen in 2012.

A New Yorker based in Johannesburg, South Africa since the 1970s, Roger Ballen is recognized for his somewhat dark, somewhat surrealist images. It recently gained its own wing at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town. Now, an exhibition by the photographer arrives in Brazil and becomes the first international exhibition of the Museum of Photography, in Fortaleza. A graduate in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, he likes to label his work an investigation of the “shadow side” of people.

The opening of the show is scheduled for September 8 and will last until January 2019. According to the museum's coordinator, Fernanda Oliveira, among the activities that make up the exhibition is a conversation with the artist. She defines Ballen as an artist with a “very unique identity” and reveals the admiration of the museum's board of directors for him.

Photograph 'Take off', also from 2012

Creator of the “ballenesco” style, Roger made a point of following the entire design process, having himself made the impressions of the 55 works that will be on display: “He is extremely participative, he likes to closely monitor every detail”, highlights Fernanda. In addition to the lecture, he will give a guided tour to the public on the opening day.

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