Roger Ballen Foundation Centre for Photography
Ahead of its Grand Opening during South Africa Heritage Weekend in September 2017, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) has announced that it is the recipient of a major gift from the Roger Ballen Foundation to the museum’s endowment to establish and support a Centre for Photography.
The gift is the largest financial donation received by the museum, to date, from a Foundation. The investment of the donation will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the museum now, and for generations to come, and will also ensure a committed focus on photography as part of Zeitz MOCAA’s mission.
The Roger Ballen Foundation donation will support the ongoing logistical, exhibition, programming and educational costs of a Centre for Photography. It will include a substantial donation of works to the museum’s permanent collection.
“It has been my great desire to contribute to the understanding of photography in South Africa in the country that I call home,” said Roger Ballen. “By donating my archive and finance to Zeitz MOCAA, I wish to commit to the ongoing success of this important museum in Africa and ensure that photography is guaranteed a place in the museum’s activities.”