|Artistīs Highlights & New products|
|Roger Ballen directs 'Die Antwoord' video|
Obviously we're big fans of photographer Roger Ballen's dark and disturbing black and white photographs here at Reflex. We were pleased to get a call from Roger telling us about this music video he's just directed for Cape Town hip hop trio, Die Antwoord. The band's music is characterised by its Zef references (Zef being South African slang for modern and trashy, with lots of knowingly discarded cultural references).
Ballen of course is famous for his psychologically charged and unsettling images from South Africa of individuals marginalised from society often depicted in the setting of strange, cell-like rooms. So how did the coupling come about?
"I've known these guys for about 7 or 8 years," said Ballen. "They asked me ages ago if I'd be interested in making some sort of music video with them which I was! I took some photographs for their new album about three years ago which a friend said were appearing on the background of their tracks on YouTube and the ratings were going crazy! It went from nothing to about 8 million hits in a really short space of time, so we decided to go for the video."
After years of planning the video, the whole storyboarding and shooting process was over in the blink of an eye Ballan says - "We've been wanting to do this for so many years, then we organised the whole thing in 10 days and it took 5 days of shooting. We found people in the neighbourhood to take part."
"We had really clear concepts of what we wanted to do in our heads," Ballen told us. "We started with my photographs for ideas and then mimicked them in the sets. Most of the sets started with almost like a 'Roger Ballen still life' and then we might have added in a mouth or foot or hand and then we went into them cinematically."
"I've had a terrific response, people have found it really interesting the way we were able to integrate their music into the visual aesthetic I have," said Ballen. He also revealed he's currently working on an even more elaborate video for the band's next release.
Now available: NEW Luxury Edition, titled 'Slain' by Roger Ballen
Subscription price 950,- Euro's ex. vat. The price can be honored for the first 12 subscribers. This beautiful gelatin silver print is signed and numbered, and comes with a signed copy of his newest book 'Animal abstraction' housed in a luxury handmade box.
Please click on the image above to find out more information about this product and to visit our Online Limited Editions & Bookstore WWW.REFLEXEDITIONSAMSTERDAM.COM.
Brand NEW works will be presented at ARCO MADRID
We look forward to welcome you in our booth at ARCO MADRID in Hall 8 G06. Presenting new works by Roger Ballen, Harland Miller, Neal Tait, Daido Moriyama, Andrew Moore, Nobuyoshi Araki, John Copeland and Marcus Harvey.
During the fair you can contact us directly on our cellphone:
Alex Daniels +31 629568989 | Viola Winokan +31 625078888
Please visit our website for more information and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to CONTACT us.
Galerie alex daniels - reflex amsterdam
Weteringschans 79 A
Amsterdam 1017 RX
Tel. [+31] 20 - 627 28 32
Fax: [+31] 20 620 25 90
Gallery open: tuesday - saturday 10 - 18 H
Glass Painting, 'Skull', 100 x 100 x 5 cm,
Oil on Panel, 2012.