Roger Ballen Resurrected
Resurrected is the title of a House that used to be deep inside the Finnish Forest. Photographer and artist Roger Ballen was invited to transform this House to portray his unique aestethic. The whole building was then taken apart and reassembled in the Serlachius Museum Gösta in Mänttä, Finland.
The Resurrested House was a part of a larger exhibition curated by Ville Lenkkeri, Touching from a Distance, which was seen in Mänttä during the summer of 2015.
The book Resurrected documents not only the history and construction of this unique edifice, but reveals the signular aesthietic vision of Roger Ballen where the concrete and abstract, real and imaginary and atypical and archetypal merge into a single poetic space.
One can clearly discern the Ballenesque, a visual language expressed throughout the House reflecting fragments of dreams and reality, the rational and irrational, specific and universal revealed through the Artist's integration of drawing a, paintin, sculpture and photography.
This publication illuminates the entire process in essays and photographs and includes Roger Ballen's photographs created and taken within the House. Ballen has an artistic expression that clearly separates itself from any other. This book will be etched deep inside the minds of those who choose to open its pages.
Editor: Pauli Sivonen
Photoeditor: Ville Lenkkeri
Writers: Riikka Ala-Harja, Krister Gråhn, Elina Heikka, Ville Lenkkeri, Sampo Linkoneva, Pauli Sivonen, Marguerite Rossouw, Tarja Talvitie
Photographs: Roger Ballen, Krister Gråhn, Ville Lenkkeri, Sampo Linkoneva, Marguerite Rossouw, Lauri Simonmaa
Design: Teija Lammi, Grafemi
Serlachius Museum Publication 27
Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld, Germany 2016