New Arrivals 27th to 3rd of July 2017

JO RACTLIFFE, Everything is Everything
114pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2017. R800
Catalogue of the exhibition, Stevenson, Johannesburg, 2017.

The exhibition comprises previously unpublished images spanning about 25 years and explores the idea of the photograph 'without purpose'.

"Such a photograph might be one taken for no reason other than to expose the remaining frames in a roll of film after a photographic shoot, or to test the workings of a newly acquired camera. Or it might manifest itself spontaneously, by chance, while you’re on your way looking towards something else. In this way, a photograph without purpose might be seen as one that occurs through happenstance, rather than intentionality. But a photograph without purpose might also be one that asserts its own raison d’être, refusing to comply with the narrative or conceptual intentions of the larger body of work." Jo Ractliffe, from the Stevenson website

Jo Ractcliffe was born in 1961 in Cape Town and lives there. Her photo-books include "The Borderlands", "As Terras do Fim do Mundo" and "Terreno Ocupado".
Heidenreich-Seleme (L.) & O'Toole (S.) eds. AFRICAN FUTURES, thinking about the future in word and image
343pp., colour illus., paperback, Bielefeld, 2016. R490
This publication documents and extends the enquiries of the multi-city African Futures festivals held in Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi, as well as related satellite events held in New York and São Paulo, in 2015. African Futures is a project of the Goethe-Institut South Africa, brings together artists, cultural activists and academics on the theme of the future, in the hope of building bridges between art, technology and intellectual discourse.

Includes contributions by Tegan Bristow, Ntone Djabe, Raimi Gbadamosi, Albert 'Ibokwe' Khoza, Chumisa Ndakisa, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Rowan Smith and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum.

Lien Heidenreich-Seleme is head of cultural programmes sub-Saharan Africa at the Goethe-Institut South Africa.
Sean O'Toole is a journalist, art-critic, editor and writer based in Cape Town.

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