Hideaway is part of a recent series by Roger Ballen called Shadow Chamber. The image, like the series, focuses on the interactions between animals, objects, and people arranged in a unique space. Ballen's image creates a gray area between fact and fiction, the viewer can sense of ambiguity because of the prison like cell setting paired with the painterly and sculptural qualities of the objects and human.
Roger Ballen (born in New York City, 1950) has lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa, for almost 30 years and produced many series of works, which have evolved from photojournalism to a unique artistic vision. Ballen's work has been shown in important institutions throughout the world and is represented in many Museum Collections such as Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and Museum of Modern Art, New York.