The Dark, Deranged World of Roger Ballen and Die Antwoord

The dirty alchemy of photographer Roger Ballen in combination with frenetic rap-ravers Die Antwoord resulted in the video for “I Fink U Freeky” in 2012. Now a monograph distills the mix of the South African collaborators to its elements.

Roger Ballen / Die Antwoord: I Fink You Freeky, published by Prestel in the fall, cuts away the darkly buoyant dance beats of Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yolandi, leaving just the photographs from Ballen that inspired the collaboration. While in the video Ballen’s aesthetic was very much present, in the book it becomes a total, silent darkness that’s even more effective and ominously arcane, dislodged from the permissibly surreal world of music videos.

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