Roger Ballen The Place of the Upside Down

From 14 April to 2 October, the photographic exhibition of Roger Ballen curated by Massimo Minini in Senigallia

The exhibition will have two seats in the historic rooms of Palazzo del Duca and Palazzetto Baviera.

At Palazzo del Duca a nucleus of works from the Massimo Minini collection: over sixty black and white shots set up to recount the story of Roger Ballen's entire career.

At Palazzetto Baviera, on the other hand, a selection of 12 color shots from the artist's personal collection is exhibited, unpublished in Italy and precious for its representation of an experimental phase in the photographer's work.

The exhibition is promoted by the Marche Region and the Municipality of Senigallia, in collaboration with the Massimo Minini Gallery and the Cassa di Risparmio di Jesi Foundation.

Roger Ballen
one of the most influential photographers of the 21st century

Roger Ballen con una colomba bianca in mano

Born in 1950 in New York, his life is characterized by a great movement. Ballen will travel extensively throughout his life, for family needs and for studies, until he finds himself stationed in South Africa, in Johannesburg, in the early 1980s, where he began working as a geologist. This work of his pushes him to explore the territorial limits of his city, discovering hidden and forgotten places with his camera. His proximity to photography is due to Adrienne Ballen, his mother, who worked at the time for the internationally renowned photo agency "Magnum". He therefore began at a young age, precisely at the age of thirteen, to approach photography methodically.

On graduation day, his parents give him a camera, a Nikon Ftn. Before earning his PhD in Geology at the Colorado School of Mines, he studied psychology at Berkeley, the University of California, where he began to create and deepen his relationship with the psyche, getting closer to the thought of Carl Jung, but relating more to the psychiatrist Scottish RDLaing, who carried forward his concept of the politics of experience in which he criticizes the idea of ​​normality of modern society and states that madness is a concept that threatens the collective normality of Western society. Getting in touch with your insane side is actually a way of getting in touch with your creative side.

Always interested in the figure of the outsider, of those who are outside, removed from the defined boundaries of "normality", Ballen reflects himself in the definition, not identifying himself with the culture that shapes him. Therefore Ballen's interest focuses on the search for poor, marginalized people, many of whom are disabled or mentally ill.

His career is accompanied by several publications and worldwide recognition.

On 6 September 2019 the Halle Saint Pierre in Paris hosts the highly successful exhibition The World According to Roger Ballen which will then be re-presented in some of the largest international museums such as the JAkopic Gallery in Ljubljana, and the Kunstmuseum Den Haag.

In September 2017, Thames & Hudson publishes Ballenesque Roger Ballen: A retrospective, a volume that contains the artist's photographic work. The term Ballenesque was coined precisely to represent and explain Roger's unique and singular aesthetic.

Roger Ballen has published more than 25 books on an international scale. His work is part of the collection of more than 50 of the most important international museums.

Roger Ballen is one of the artists who will represent the South African pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale.


Info and tickets

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    • Full admission €. 8.00 citizens over the age of 25
    • Reduced admission €. 4,00 European Union citizens aged between 18 and 25 and to state school teachers with permanent positions
    • Reduced admission €. 6.00 FAI, Touring Club, Coop Alleanza 3.0 members, Archeoclub d'Italia, Pro Loco, CNA and Associazione Albanostra - Cassa Mutua G. Leopardi and ticket holders entrance to the Rocca Roveresca and the Arcevia State Archaeological Museum
    • Reduced admission €. 3.00 for groups of visitors consisting of over twenty paying guests
    • Free admission for all citizens belonging to the European Union, under the age of 18 and for those enrolled at the Free University for Adults of Senigallia and in the cases provided for by DM 11 December 1997, n. 507 and subsequent amendments.

    By showing the entrance ticket to the Rocca Roveresca in Senigallia you will be entitled to a reduced ticket for the exhibition.