In recognition of this enormous bequest, the Centre for Photography has been named the Roger Ballen Foundation Centre for Photography.
According to the Zeitz MOCAA, the mission of the Roger Ballen Foundation Centre for Photography is to collect, preserve, research, and exhibit cutting edge contemporary photography, and artworks that use photography, from Africa and its diaspora, to develop supporting educational and enrichment programs, to encourage intercultural understanding and guarantee access for all. The Centre will also exhibit temporary exhibitions of photographers from all over the world to expose local audiences and practitioners to the rich legacy of photography globally.
“Zeitz MOCAA is honoured to become the guardian and archive of Roger Ballen’s work and the legacy that he leaves through the Roger Ballen Foundation Centre for Photography,” said Azu Nwagbogu, Founder and Director of Lagos Photo Festival, and Curator at Large of Photography at the Roger Ballen Foundation Centre for Photography.
“Ballen remains an inspiration to photographers seeking a unique visual language and his contribution will ensure a professional platform for photographers from across the African continent. It will enable their work to be collected, preserved and exhibited far into the future.”