Roger Ballen on fear in SA

‘The fears and the conversation that goes around the fears is part of the mythology of the country itself. So it is a way that people relate to each other. In some countries when people get together they spend time talking about the weather or the schooling or the food, in this country people talk a lot about fears and it’s hard to distinguish what’s a real fear and what’s an imaginary fear. The consequence is that people become more insular, more insecure and more anxious so the more you hide the more you need the hide, and you can’t get out of the syndrome.  It gets to the roots of the soul, to the bottom of the person’s personality and they become immobilized in terms of their own growth and their ability to expand their own consciousness.’

Roger Ballen – quoted from the film


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