Jo Ractliffe

Jo Ractliffe


Jo Ractliffe is included on Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive at the Walther Collection in Ulm, Germany (through 2015) and Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life at Museum Africa, Johannesburg until 30 April 2015. Ractliffe has a solo exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, opening October 2014.

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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 Public Intimacy: Art and Social Life in South Africa at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2014); Apartheid and After at Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (2014); 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).