South African-Based Photographer Roger Ballen Exhibits at Stills Gallery

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PADDINGTON, AUSTRALIA.- South African-based photographer Roger Ballen is included in the 17th Biennale of Sydney line up of artists. Ballen’s disquieting images, which combine challenging social commentary and dream-like surrealism, will be exhibited on Cockatoo Island. To coincide with the Biennale exhibition Ballen’s most recent series Boarding House will be on show at Stills Gallery through 29 May 2010 alongside a selection of works from his earlier Outland series. Roger Ballen’s photographs are like images from a waking dream: compelling and thought-provoking, with layers of rich details, flashes of dark humour, and an altered sense of place. They blur the boundaries between documentary photography and art forms such as painting, theatre and sculpture, challenging the ways in which we perceive the ‘reality’ of photography. Similar to his critically acclaimed series Outland and Shadow Chamber, Boarding