Two Men Arrive in a Village

@ Ractliffe, Jo



Presentation by The Gould Collection

" The selection of photographs by Jo Ractliffe in this volume were made between 1985 and 2019, and come from many places: South Africa, from the Great Karoo to Gauteng and Limpopo provinces to Zimbabwe in the north, and from the Western Cape, up the coast to Namibia and Angola. The dialogue between Ractliffe’s images and Zadie Smith’s parable is simultaneously a forthright and subtle commentary on injustice and imbalances of power. Together, they work to displace familiar narratives of violence and unsettle clichéd depictions of Africa in favor of a more nuanced interplay between the real and allegorical.

The Gould Collection is a series of books that was created to honor the memory of Christophe Crison, a photobook collector from Paris who died prematurely in 2015 at the age of forty-five. Over the past five years, since its inception, The Gould Collection editors have brought together a diverse group of photographers and writers from around the world. A shared thematic sensibility underlies the editors’ selection of the photographer-writer pairings presented in each volume. "

Text in English and Japanese. Exposed Swiss binding with dustjacket and translucid belly-band / obi.

92 pages - Softcover w/ DJ + obi

The Gould Collection, 2021 (800 copies)

Format : 18 x 24.8 cm

New - Mint condition


Ractliffe, Jo

Jo Ractliffe is a South-African documentary photographer and teacher. She is considered to be an important and influential contemporary "social photographer". Her work has been exhibited worldwide: Rencontres d'Arles festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York, Tate Modern in London, South Korea, etc. Her most famous body of work, "As Terras do Fim do Mundo", documents the conflicts known as the "Border War", which occurred betwen 1966 and 1988 in territories of Angola, today's Namibia and South Africa. The project was published under the same name in 2010 by Stevenson, her gallery in Cape Town. Among the other photobooks published by Jo Ractliffe : "The Borderlands" (Editorial RM, 2015), and "Two Men Arrive in a Village" (The Gould Collection, 2021), an Image / text publication that included a text by Zadie Smith whose title gave the name to the book. © Portrait (uncredited) the English Wikipedia page of the artist
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