There’s no shortage of good-news stories leading up to the opening of the eagerly awaited Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz Mocaa) later this year. On the back of the Roger Ballen Foundation’s substantial financial donation to the museum, which will help ensure its long-term sustainability, works by Ballen and 14 other artists went under the hammer at the Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Auction in London last week. Proceeds of the auction will go towards the Zeitz Mocaa endowment. Meanwhile the contribution by the Roger Ballen Foundation, which has been in existence for 10 years, will go towards the ongoing logistical, exhibition, programming and educational costs of a Centre for Photography that will bear the foundation’s name. US-born Ballen says it has been his “great desire” to contribute to the understanding of photography in SA, the country he calls home. He believes the goals of the foundation can complement those of Zeitz Mocaa. Linking with the museu...

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