This event is part of our Past Programme
Being There is an Artist's publication develped during lockdown in South Africa. It has been published by Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town in an edition of 300 copies just a few weeks ago.
As Jo Ractiffe explains "Being There emerged as a query during a conversation with art historian Daniela Montelongo in 2019. The question was how to photograph when one cannot be ‘in place’. Then I was thinking about the constraints of physical disability, but with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and attendant periods of lockdown, this question took on a different inflection. Like so many people everywhere, my experience of local and international events and my interactions with family, friends, colleagues and students have been mediated by a screen. How then to work photographically when at such a remove from a direct embodied encounter? How to bear witness and speak to desire, loss, horror or violence?..."