South Africa Through the Eyes of Photographer Jo Ractliffe

Jo Ractliffe: DRIVES
© Jo Ractliffe. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg

Jo Ractliffe, Nadir 11, 1988.

DRIVES is South African artist Jo Ractliffe’s first-ever retrospective, featuring more than 100 works of photography, video, book art, and multimedia installation. Playing on the double entendre of the title, the exhibition culls imagery from the open road as visual metaphor for human instincts and desires. From October 17, 2020 through April 26, 2021, DRIVES traverses 35 years of Ractliffe’s emotive landscapes, connecting diverse bodies of work made in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and on the cross-country highway that connects them; the South African port city of Durban, and the country’s borderlands; and during the artist’s travels abroad.

Event Information
Start Date: October 17, 2020
End Date: April 26, 2021
Venue: Art Institute of Chicago

Jo Ractliffe: DRIVES