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Roger Ballen-鳥的庇護所
Roger Ballen - Asylum of the Birds

Roger Ballen
Roger Ballen
Asylum of the Birds

31 October - 30 November 2015
Opening Reception 31 October 2015   3 p.m.
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羅傑・拜倫(Roger Ballen)是這個時代最重要的攝影家之一。他1950年出生於紐約,但在南非工作生活了30多年。地質學家的工作將他帶進了鄉村,引領他拿起相機探索南非小鎮裡的隱秘世界。一開始,他只是在烈日炎炎的空蕩街道中尋找靈感,但當他敲開居民的家門,便發現這些房屋內部各式各樣的物件以及居住在其中的人們,他的拍攝視角得以從批判社會現象轉移到了探索人們的內心世界上。1994年以後,他不再到鄉村為他的專題尋找拍攝題材,而是在位於約翰內斯堡的家附近繼續創作。

Roger Ballen 創作自述-

大約四年前,我在南非約翰內斯堡發現了這間老舊的屋子,這個地方是我自2008年完成作品集《Boarding House》(住宿公寓)之後,攝影生涯的另一個重心。這裡,住著來自南非社會各式各樣的人群,和他們共處的是一群野鳥,這些未被囚禁的鳥兒自由地飛翔穿梭。屋子裡的許多房間破爛不堪,住戶們在牆上畫滿人物或者臉部肖像。屋子裡除了那些野鳥,還有田鼠,老鼠,貓,雞鴨,兔子等等。

這個庇護所是一個介於現實和幻想,模糊不清的地方。其中的物件, 繪畫和空間交集融為不同的創作意義,但是卻難於用言語表達。我特別選了「庇護所」作為這個系列的標題,是因為能讓它有一個相對矛盾的意義,一方面,它代表著庇護和安全,另外一個,則是瘋人院。

Roger Ballen is one of the most influential and important photographic artists of the 21st century. Born in New York in 1950, 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.