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No Joke - Roger Ballen and Asger Carlsen

Museums/Institutes Foam

Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam
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Open Mon - Wed / 10-18 hrs
Thu - Fri / 10-21 hrs
Sat - Sun / 10-18 hrs

Exhibition 23 Jun — 27 Aug

Opening 22 Jun, 17:30 hrs

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Foam presents No Joke, a joint project by photographers Roger Ballen (b. 1950, US) and Asger Carlsen (b. 1973, DK). 

In the collaborative project No Joke, artists Roger Ballen and Asger Carlsen, explore the more sinister sides of the human psyche. Together the duo produced 37 images, without ever working in the same studio at the same time: their creative exchange and co-creation has been a purely online affair. Their menacing work evokes a sense of anxiety and longing that is usually experienced only in dreams.

Asger Carlsen first suggested collaborating with Roger Ballen for an assignment by VICE in 2013. This evolved into a remarkable creative exchange that is conducted online only: the images with a white background originated in Carlsen’s studio in New York, while the images with a dark background originated in Johannesburg, where Ballen lives and works. The artists sent their work to each other and elaborated further on each other’s images. This resulted in the dark and mysterious book No Joke (2016): a collection of still lifes, crippled female figures, and fusions of their self-portraits.

No Joke at Foam is the first presentation in a museum of this work. The obscurely designed presentation shows framed images on dark-grey walls. The works are accompanied by bizarre sculptures and installations created by the two artists on-site, specifically for this exhibition. The sculptures form spatial renderings of their photographic images.

Collaborate! A Year of Visual Encounters

This exhibition is part of Collaborate!. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, Foam is organising a broad range of activities throughout 2017 united by the theme of collaboration, under the title Collaborate!.

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