The Skateroom / Arts Council England

Boards of Ballenesque

Scenes of nightmares used to highlight a good cause.

Roger Ballen is an American born, South African-based photographer who has scoured the world for a truly honest depiction of the human condition, employing nightmarish scenes of humans damned to harsh conditions highlighting the forgotten nature of those who are banned from society.

Through a grimy black and white lens, this style takes on a name of its own, Ballenesque. It combines chaotic methods that meet somewhere between painting/drawing, installation, performance and photography.

The Skateroom is a contemporary art brand that collaborates with artists to bring their works onto limited edition skateboards, the proceeds of which support non-profit social projects such as Skateistan that empower children through art and skateboarding.

We brought together Roger Ballen, The Skateroom and South African hip-hop act Die Antwoord to originate and craft a film to celebrate the project.