Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe
Two Men Arrive in a Village

Photographs: Jo Ractiffe

Publisher: The Gould Collection

92 pages

Pictures: 49

Year: 2021

ISBN: 978-0-9973596-6-4

Price: 50

Comments: Softcover with exposed Swiss binding in dust jacket and belly band, 25x18cm, b&w photographs

Two Men Arrive in a Village, volume five of The Gould Collection pairs forty-nine photographs by South African photographer Jo Ractliffe with British writer Zadie Smith’s story Two Men Arrive in a Village.

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.


Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

Jo Ractliffe,Two Men Arrive in a Village

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