Roger Ballen's Theatre of the Mind
Produced in close cooperation with the artist, who provides a foreword, the book consists of a groundbreaking critical text by Colin Rhodes, accompanied by more than seventy superb quality reproductions of works by internationally acclaimed photographer Roger Ballen from the past two decades. Rhodes uses the metaphor of the theatre to explore in depth the profoundly psychological nature of Ballen's art. He goes to the heart of the artist's preoccupation with unveiling images from deeper, more primal states of consciousness, which brings him closer to the thought and practices of R. D. Laing, C. G. Jung, Samuel Beckett and Antonin Artaud than to any sources in the history of photography. As Rhodes says, "Ballen's processes do not much reflect received ideas of what photographers do. As an artist he is centrally engaged in a practice that flows primarily from the inside out."
- Hardback | 96 pages
- 227 x 247 x 12mm
- 10 Mar 2016
- The Self-Taught and Outsider Art Research Collection
- 72 black and white illustrations
Table of contents
Foreword (by Roger Ballen). Theatre of the Absurd. Theatre of the Real and Unreal. Theatre of the Hidden. The Forbidden Theatre. Theatre of Darkness
About Colin Rhodes
Colin Rhodes is a writer, artist and curator. He has published widely on modern and contemporary art, including his book, Primitivism and Modern Art (Thames & Hudson). He is well known internationally as one of the predominant experts on Art Brut and Outsider Art. His book, Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives (Thames & Hudson, 2000) is still considered the prime critical source for the genre. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia.