The World According to Roger Ballen

Colin Rhodes, Roger Ballen, Martine Lusardy

This generously illustrated book catalogs Roger Ballen’s photographic work throughout his career and new installations created specifically for an exhibition at the Halle Saint Pierre, Paris.


The World According to Roger Ballen, coauthored with Colin Rhodes, looks at Ballen’s career in the wider cultural context beyond photography, including his connections with and interest in art brut. It features photographs selected from across Ballen’s career, along with installations created exclusively for an exhibition at the Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, and examples of objects and works from Ballen’s own collection of art brut.

Organized thematically, with texts by Colin Rhodes and an introduction and interview with Ballen by Martine Lusardy, the director of the Halle Saint Pierre, The World According to Roger Ballen is both a catalog of the first major exhibition of Ballen’s work in France, and an exploration of Ballen’s place within and connections to the wider context of modern and contemporary art.


Colin Rhodes


Colin Rhodes is dean of Kingston School of Art, London. His previous books include Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives and Primitivism and Modern Art.

Roger Ballen


Roger Ballen is one of the most important and distinctive art photographers working today. His previous books include Asylum of the Birds, The Theatre of Apparitions, and Ballenesque: Roger Ballen: A Retrospective.

Martine Lusardy

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