Born in 1961 in Cape Town.
Lives and works in Johannesburg.
Jo Ractliffe teaches at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Market Photo Workshop. She completed her BAFA and MFA degrees at the University of Cape Town. In 1999 she was the recipient of the Vita Art Prize. Her most recent solo exhibitions are:Terreno Ocupado at Warren Siebrits Gallery, Johannesburg (2008) and As Terras do Fim do Mundo at Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town (2010).
Recent group exhibitions include the seventh Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2008); Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography, International Centre for Photography, New York (2006), andThe Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society, Second International Biennial of Contemporary Art (Biacs 2), Seville, Spain (2006).
Jo Ractliffe presented her work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2013, taking part in the collective exhibition: Transition, Social Landscapes in 2013 at the Atelier de Mécanique, and in 2011, nominated by Artur Walther for the Discovery Award: No final da guerra at the Grande Halle.