of the exhibition
A bilingual catalog (French / English) is published on the occasion of the exhibition at Kerber editions, under the direction of Jan-Philipp Fruehsorge.
Between Roger Ballen, a major photographer on the international scene, and Hans Lemmen, a designer masterfully inspired by the issues linked to representations of nature, there is an obvious community of imagination that has pushed them to work together, erasing the distance that separates them. . In the Netherlands, Hans Lemmen tears up the photographs of Roger Ballen. He completes the fragments thus obtained or inserts them into graphic compositions. Thousands of kilometers away, Roger Ballen uses certain drawings by Hans Lemmen which he incorporates into installations intended to be in turn photographed.
The exhibition at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature allows visitors to follow the creative processes of the two artists. The artists themselves, represented by two life-size seated figures with animal eyes, welcome visitors through a four-handed installation. They are seated in the first room, accompanied by their pets and surrounded by a contemporary wall painting: a design that runs across the four walls and the floor of the room. The second part of the exhibition, devoted to personal and individual works, precedes the unpublished graphic works born from the collaboration between Ballen and Lemmen, on the principle of reciprocal inclusion and borrowing. To conclude the exhibition, a video, produced by Saskia Vredeveld, documents the production of these works which are very foreign to their respective practices, demonstrating to what extent art is nourished by constraints such as the one defined here.
Does not each of them pursue in its own way a challenge to materialist thought which isolates man and, ultimately, threatens his survival?
This exhibition, co-produced by the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, will be presented there in 2018.
- ROGER BALLEN'S OUTLAND
Directed by Ben Jay Crossman and Roger Ballen (4'50, 2015)
- FOLLOWING OBSERVATION II
Directed by Hans Lemmen, composer: Armeno Alberts (15 ′, 2015)
INTERVIEW WITH ROGER BALLEN AND HANS LEMMEN FOR THE "UNLEASHED" EXHIBITION
“I think the object of art has always been for me to help people overcome their own repressions, which has been the issue and the main problem in society since the first day when men have decided to live together ...
This is why animals are present in my photographs, and I think that my works seek the animal at the heart of the human mind, the tipping point where a man changes into an animal… ”
“It’s the most difficult thing I’ve come across in my career. Until the last moment, I didn't know if it would be possible to combine photographs and drawings. We are animals, quite simply. We are animals with, of course, a more developed brain. "
"Roger Ballen and Hans Lemmen, Unleashed"
Director: Saskia Vredeveld.
Interview by Jan-Philipp Fruehsorge
Editing and sound design: Jandries Groenendijk.
Production: Peacefield Films
62, rue des Archives 75003 Paris
The museum is open every day except Monday and public holidays,
11 a.m. to 18 p.m., 11 a.m. to 21:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Full price: 8 euros
Reduced price: 6 euros
Exhibition presented in partnership with the Bonnefantenmuseum of Maastricht, Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris, Art Paris Art Fair, Drawing Now, Salon du dessin, Karsten Greve gallery.
Around the exhibition