Jo Ractliffe | the artist
The artist Jo Ractliffe
Born 1961, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
Lives and works in Johannesburg, .
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To explore her themes of a "revelation of absence", Johannesburg artist Jo Ractliffe draws on a range of photographic and art practices, including snapshot, documentary, forensic and studio photography, as well as installation video and projections…
"Photography is a very resistant and resisting medium to work with, a medium of non-disclosure. Despite this, we retain a certain belief in the truth of apearances; we conflate the real with its representation. I’m interested in that space of slippage between photography and the real, and in the notion of trace. But I’m also interested in the things that happen outside of the frame -the not so obvious, the furtive things that are not easily imagined."
Ractliffe has exhibited both locally and internationally, lectures at Wits University and is committed to the advocacy of interdisciplinary public art in Jozis inner city. She won the FNB Vita Art Prize in 1999 and is a nominee for the DaimlerChrysler Award for Photography…
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. Group exhibitions include Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity at 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)…