Jo Ractliffe's As Terras do Fim do Mundo travels to the Museet for Fotokunst in Odense, Denmark (24 April to 25 August). She has work on My Joburg at La Maison Rouge, Paris (21 June - 22 September); Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive at the Walther Collection in Ulm, Germany (8 June through to 2015); Transition: Social Landscape at the Rencontres d'Arles festival (1 July - 22 September); Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa at the Smithsonian National Museum for African Art (22 April - 5 January); Present Tense, part of the Gulbenkian Next Future programme at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (21 June - 1 September); and Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, Haus der Kunst, Munich (15 February - 26 May 2013). Her next solo exhibition takes place at Stevenson, Cape Town, in July 2013.
Exhibitions / Works
- West Coast Drives on The Loom of the Land (Johannesburg, 2013)
- The Pomfret Series on Trade Routes Over Time (Cape Town, 2012)
- As Terras do Fim do Mundo (Johannesburg, 2011; Cape Town, 2010)
- Terreno Ocupado (2007)
- Johannesburg Inner City Works (2000-2004)
- Vlakplaas (1999)
- End of Time (1996-1999)
- reShooting Diana (1990-1995)
- Interview with Kathleen MacQueen (Bomblog, 28 September 2011)
- Holland Cotter reviews As Terras do Fim do Mundo (New York Times, 26 May 2011)
- Interview with Julia Halperin (artinfo.com, 23 May 2011)
Jo Ractliffe was born in 1961 in Cape Town and lives in Johannesburg. She completed her BAFA and MFA degrees at the University of Cape Town. In 2010 she was a Writing Fellow at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (Wiser), Johannesburg, and an invited artist at the Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire, USA. Ractliffe was nominated for the 2011 Discovery Prize at the Rencontres d'Arles photography festival, and As Terras do Fim do Mundo was nominated as best photobook of 2010 at the International Photobook Festival in Kassel (June 2011). Group exhibitions include New Topography of War at Le Bal, Paris (2011); Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity, The Walther Collection in Neu-Ulm/Burlafingen, Southern Germany (2010); the seventh Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2008); Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography, International Centre for Photography, New York (2006), and The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society, Second International Biennial of Contemporary Art (Biacs 2), Seville, Spain (2006).