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Renowned Johannesburg artist Roger Ballen has first exhibition in Ottawa at the SPAO Centre Gallery

13 July to 23 September 2018
Vernissage: 13 July, 6-9pm
SPAO Centre, 77 Pamilla Street, Ottawa

Opening in July on Friday the 13th and running until September 23, 2018, the SPAO Centre Gallery is honoured to present Roger Ballen: There Is No Outside, the first exhibition in Ottawa of work by the internationally acclaimed South Africa-based photographer. Known for his inspired use of black and white film, Roger Ballen has sparked controversy through his exploration of the shadowy depths of human consciousness. Developing a style he describes as ‘documentary fiction,’ he has collaborated with people living on the margins of South African society to create powerful psychodramas.

Curated by SPAO’s Creative Director Jonathan Hobin, the exhibition presents a selection of photographs and videos that capture Ballen’s signature mix of raw and surreal imagery, inviting viewers to enter into an uncanny dreamworld. Roger Ballen: There Is No Outside is the first in SPAO’s new series of annual exhibitions that feature an international artist. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

ROGER BALLEN is one of the most influential and important photographic artists of the 21st century. Born in the United States in 1950, Ballen has lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa since 1980. By integrating drawing into his photographic and video works, Ballen has made a lasting contribution to the field of art and produced a powerful commentary about the human condition and its creative potential.

JONATHAN HOBIN is an award-winning and internationally noted photo-based artist and art director. He is currently the Creative and Executive Director of SPAO.

Image detail: Roger Ballen, Juxtaposed, 2004

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO THE DIPLOMA PROGRAM

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Image by Alexandra Sofia

SPAO’s two-year diploma program Photographic Arts and Production offers a unique opportunity to cultivate individual vision and craft, acquire comprehensive analogue and digital photography skills, and develop a broad understanding of photographic theory and history.

The only program of its kind in Canada, SPAO's Photographic Arts and Production offers students an intensive, community-oriented and collaborative learning experience. Educated and evaluated in large part through their performance, students develop and present portfolios and signature pieces and present these works in the school's exhibition spaces. Teaching and learning take place in a workshop environment designed to support the school’s motto: VISION, CONTENT, CRAFT.

Instruction is geared to various levels of experience and class sizes are small, providing students with ample one-on-one attention and personalized learning. Photographic Arts and Production courses (grouped into "modules") run from September to April. Students should expect an average of 20 hours per week in the classroom and an additional 20 hours of work outside the classroom.

Integrated learning topics include photographic theory, photographic history and ideas, studio and lighting techniques, printmaking techniques, digital techniques, and portfolio design and production. Students learn through lectures and practicums, critiques and advisory sessions, and continuous engagements with professional photographers, curators, gallerists, academics, and critics. Graduates of the program emerge fully prepared to become practitioners in the photographic arts.

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About the SPAO Centre
The SPAO Centre is home to the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa; the SPAO International Artist Residency and the SPAO Centre Gallery the Ottawa region's only independent and critical gallery space dedicated to photographic and video art. Gallery programming includes the exhibition of photographic and video art work by emerging and established artists, working locally, nationally and internationally. Visit spao.ca and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Gallery Hours
The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 5pm, or by appointment. Holiday exceptions apply, and hours are subject to change without notice. There is no admission fee and the gallery is wheelchair accessible.

For more information, please contact:
SPAO CENTRE
613 562 3824
info@spao.ca

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