Roger The Rat – Roger Ballen

Roger the Rat | Online Exhibition

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The prints are sold as archival pigment prints.  

Paper sizes for different images vary from 80 x 80 cm, 61 x 61 cm, 60 x 40 cm and 61 x 84 cm. (Only one size per print).

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Roger The Rat – Roger Ballen

Throughout his career, Roger Ballen has pursued a singular artistic goal: to give expression to the human psyche and visually explore the hidden forces that shape who we are. In these sixty black-and-white photographs Ballen creates a persona, Roger the Rat. Here, Ballen unveils a selection of uncanny photographs so completely different from his previous work, yet still possessing the unmistakable Ballenesque aesthetic. Produced in Johannesburg between 2015 and 2020, Ballen creates and documents a part-human, part-rat creature who lives an isolated life outside of mainstream society.

“I cannot remember when I put this rat mask on for the first time. Maybe I was born with it. I am not sure what is underneath. I never take it off: I sleep with it, bathe with it. I have heard people call me a rat and others a human with a mask. I am unsure whether I am a rat or human. Perhaps my mother was a rat and my father a human. I think I am a bit of each.” – Roger the Rat


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