Riger Ballen: Die Antwoord

Riger Ballen: Die Antwoord

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Imagine a photograph. Hold it close in your mind. Hold it in the space where you can feel and sense without ever speaking a word. Allow the image to vibrate, to express a rhythm all its own, to reveal within itself a sound, an energy that becomes expressed through the senses without ever being translated into words. That experience is known as synesthesia, meaning “union of senses”.

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It was in this way that the photographs of Roger Ballen first occurred to Ninja and Yolandi Visser, two musicians native to South Africa. As they note in the introduction to the recent photography book – Roger Ballen, Die Antwoord, I Fink U Freeky (Prestel, 2013), “When we saw Roger Ballen’s photographs for the first time it was like being punched in the face…. We had never seen photographs that made us feel such violent excitement… So fascinating, so disturbing, so unfuckingbelievably fresh! These were no ordinary photographs. They were highly complex surreal artworks in the exact same league as Salvador Dali, Hieronymous Bosch and Lucian Freud.”

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Ninja and Yolandi continue, “We also wanted to make heavyweight ‘Punch You in the Face’-style art like this. So we threw all the music we had been working on for so long away, and started from scratch…. We both underwent dark and dangerous psychological transformations as we dove deep into the most primal regions of out minds and merged with our shadow selves. Instead of trying to work out how to fit into society, we decided to make out own unique breed of ‘Fuck You’-style pop music. We called this new dark pop group Die Antwoord.”

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