History of Art


A Conversation between Tamar Garb and Jo Ractliffe

22 March 2022, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

A Conversation between Tamar Garb and Jo Ractliffe

On the occasion of her nomination as a finalist for the Deutsche Börse Photographic Prize, and her participation in the finalist’s exhibition at The Photographer’s Gallery, Tamar Garb will be in conversation with South African photographer Jo Ractilffe.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Helena Vowles-Shorrock – History of Art


Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre
Gower Street
Gower Street
United Kingdom

Jo Ractliffe

Since the 1980s, Jo Ractliffe’s photographs have reflected her ongoing preoccupation with the South African landscape and the ways in which it figures in the country’s imaginary, particularly the violent legacies of apartheid.

Jo Ractliffe: Drives, the first US survey of the photographer’s work, took place at the Art Institute of Chicago (2020 – 21). Previous solo exhibitions include Being There, Stevenson, Cape Town (2021); Signs of Life, Stevenson, Cape Town (2019); Hay Tiempo, No Hay Tiempo, Centro Fotográfico Álvarez Bravo, as part of Hacer Noche, Oaxaca (2018); Everything is Everything, Stevenson, Johannesburg (2017); After War, Foundation A Stichting, Brussels (2015); The Aftermath of Conflict: Jo Ractliffe's Photographs of Angola and South Africa, the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015) and Someone Else's Country at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, (2014)

Ractliffe has taught within various formal and informal contexts including Wits University, the Market Photo Workshop, and the Salzburg Summer Academy. She has held fellowships with the Centre for Curating the Archive, University of Cape Town (2014); Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, Johannesburg (2010); Ampersand Foundation, New York (2008); the Christian Merian Stiftung fellowship at iaab studios, Basel, Switzerland (2001); and the Ecole Cantonale d'Art du Vallais fellowship in Sierre, Switzerland (2001). She was nominated for the Discovery Prize at the Rencontres d'Arles photography festival (2011).

Her photo-books include Jo Ractliffe: Photographs 1980s to Now (2020); Signs of Life (2019); Everything is Everything (2017); The Borderlands (2015), As Terras do Fim do Mundo (2010) and Terreno Ocupado(2008).

This event is co-organised by UCL’s Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art and The Photographer’s Gallery. 

About the Speaker

Jo Ractliffe