Roger Ballen’s Theatre of the Mind

A photographic exhibition articulated in 5 parts

16 March - 7 May
Works including photography and the celebrated music video <i>“I FINK U FREEKY”</i> for Die Antwoord bring suppressed and hidden thoughts to the surface.

"The issue of insanity versus what society refers to as normality has been a debate in my own mind for decades,"
Roger Ballen.

Caged (Asylum of the Birds), 2011, archival inkjet print on paper. Courtesy the artist.

Forbidden Theatre

International photographer Roger Ballen produces interior worlds that are alluring, fascinating and disturbing. Born in New York in 1950, Ballen has lived in South Africa since the 1970s. His work as a geologist led him to capture through the camera lens the hidden world of small African towns. Curated by Sydney College of the Arts’ Colin Rhodes, Ballen's first major Sydney exhibition is a provocative collection of 75 black & white images from the last two decades, and features three videos including the artist's award-winning music video he directed for South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord. The exhibition includes Theatre of Darkness, a new installation created in collaboration with SCA students in the underground cells of the former Rozelle psychiatric hospital in Callan Park.

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Radio National interview with Roger Ballen - Listen to podcast

Roger Ballen is represented by Stills Gallery, Sydney

Roger Ballen website »



Theatre of the Mind - book cover

A book by Colin Rhodes, featuring an important essay on the artist and high quality reproductions of Ballen's work, is available for purchase in the SCA Galleries. 






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Theatre of Darkness

A guided tour of the Theatre of Darkness will be available for a maximum of 15 people at select times during the exhibition. Access requires a reasonable level of fitness and bookings are essential.

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