"Outland" is the third installment
in a trilogy of works and the conclusion of a journey begun by "Dorps" and "Platteland". Incorporating a small selection of Ballen's photographs from the 1980s and early 1990s, but dominated by new work from the late 1990s, his work has progressed
to a new level entirely. Continuing to work with poor South African whites, now mainly in the Guateng urban area at the heart of South Africa (the cities
to which many poor whites have migrated following the end of apartheid), Ballen's portraits have become disturbing and personal, he has begun to weave his own narratives out of recurring visual themes -animals, masks and chaotic
electric wiring - the result is a collection of strangely posed tableaux showing a world of alienation and poverty, contradicting notions of white supremacy for which South Africa has become infamous.