BALLEN, Roger and Didier Bozzini.
The House Project.
[London]: (Oodee), (2015).
4to (320 × 260 mm), pp.[iv], 104. 43 black-and-white photographs by Ballen. Text by Bozzini. Design by Damien Poulain. Black endpapers. Grey cloth-covered boards, cut design in black paper with title in silver affixed to a debossed area on front, titles lettered to spine and rear cover in black. Stamped and numbered on p.5. Black-and-white archival pigment print (222 × 222 mm / 8.75 × 8.75 in) signed and captioned in pencil on verso, laid in to a black folding card sleeve with a numbered certificate. Fine.
First edition, one of 50 copies with a signed print. For this collaboration with writer Didier Bozzini, Roger Ballen selected work from throughout his archive, edited and arranged around the metaphor of the mind as a house. '"We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds", wrote Kafka, clearly understanding that a photographer points a lens at his own mind, rather than merely attempting to frame the World and thereby reduce it to a simple object... The House Project grows out of a desire to look at Roger Ballen's work from the specific angle of certain conceptual aspects which are most conspicuously recurrent, like his fascination with the depths of the subconscious, with the sense of the absurd, or with exploring a world on the fringes of society and of rationality.'
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