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Jo Ractliffe: “The Aftermath of Conflict”


Jo Ractliffe, Roadside Stall on the Way to Viana, from the series Terreno Ocupado, 2007. Inkjet print, 2015. On loan from the artist, courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg. © Jo Ractliffe. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg


Jo Ractliffe: “The Aftermath of Conflict”
Presented by Evelyn Owen and Yaëlle Biro
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
7–8:30pm
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public


Curatorial Intensive alumna Evelyn Owen and Yaëlle Biro, co-curators of the exhibition The Aftermath of Conflict: Jo Ractliffe’s Photographs of Angola and South Africa, will discuss photographer Jo Ractliffe’s practice.

Throughout her career, South African photographer Jo Ractliffe (born 1961) has directed her camera toward landscapes to address themes of displacement, conflict, history, memory, and erasure. The exhibition The Aftermath of Conflict: Jo Ractliffe’s Photographs of Angola and South Africa, currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, brings together selected works from three of Ractliffe’s recent photographic series that focus on the aftermath of the Angolan Civil War (1975–2002) and its relationship with the Border War (1966–89) fought by South Africans in Angola and present-day Namibia.

For Ractliffe and many other South African civilians, Angola during these wars was an abstract place, a “secret, unspoken location where brothers and boyfriends were sent as part of their military service.” In this presentation at the ICI Curatorial Hub, the exhibition’s co-curators, Yaëlle Biro and Evelyn Owen, will discuss the origins and development of the exhibition, the works on view, and the artist’s attempts to “retrieve a place for memory” through her deepening engagement with the region’s complex histories.


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October 14, 2015

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

presenter

Evelyn Owen

Evelyn Owen is a writer and curator based in New York City. A cultural geographer by training, her research explores contested geographical imaginations, especially in relation to contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora. She is currently the Curatorial Fellow at The Africa Center, NYC. For The Africa Center, she curated the sound installation Lagos State of Mind II (2014) with artist Emeka Ogboh. With Yaëlle Biro, she co-curated the exhibition The Aftermath of Conflict: Jo Ractliffe’s Photographs of Angola and South Africa at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2015). Her writing has been published by The Guardian, FOAM, Contemporary&, Okayafrica, 1-54, and Africa is a Country. She received her PhD with a thesis on the geographies of contemporary African art from Queen Mary, University of London.


Yaëlle Biro

Yaëlle Biro is Associate Curator for African Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. A specialist of the reception of African arts during the first decades of the 20th century, Yaëlle Biro earned her Ph.D. in 2010 from the Sorbonne in Paris and was awarded the dissertation prize of the Musée du Quai Branly for that work. At the Met since 2007, she has collaborated on numerous African art exhibitions, from Reconfiguring an African Icon: Odes to the Mask by Modern and Contemporary Artists from Three Continents (2010), to The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (2013), and the recent Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art (2014). Her exhibition African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Small Exhibition Prize by the AAMC (Association of American Museum Curators). She is responsible for the two exhibitions of African photography currently on view at the Met: In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa (curated with Dr. Giulia Paoletti, on view until January 2016), and The Aftermath of Conflict: Jo Ractliffe’s Photographs of Angola and South Africa (curated with Dr. Evelyn Owen, on view until March 2016).


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