Artist talk: Ballen & Carlsen
On Friday 23 June, Foam is hosting a talk and book signing with artists Roger Ballen and Asger Carlsen.

On the occasion of the exhibition Roger Ballen & Asger Carlsen - No Joke at Foam, Ballen and Carlsen will discuss their individual artistic practices and their collaborative project No Joke during a Q&A with curator Mirjam Kooiman. Participants will have the unique opportunity to purchase the almost sold out limited edition book, No Joke (Mörel Books, 2016), and have it signed by the artists.

Morphed, 2016 © Roger Ballen & Asger Carlsen

Although Roger Ballen lives in Johannesburg and Asger Carlsen in New York, the two artists have been working together online for some four years. In their bizarre universe, Carlsen’s use of the human body as a plastic medium and Ballen’s interest in collages and the occult merge together. They create an outlandish world full of distorted bodies, manic creatures, flesh and rough sketches in black, white and grey. Both frightening and intimate, their work demonstrates fiction’s power to delve more deeply into the human spirit, compared to reality.

Roger Ballen & Asger Carlsen - No Joke is on view at Foam from 23 June until 27 August 2017.

The exhibition Roger Ballen & Asger Carlsen - No Joke 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!.

The Collaborate! programme is made possible with the support of Fonds21, the Mondriaan Fund, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and VSBfonds.

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd, City of Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.

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Artist talk: Ballen & Carlsen