Biography

Ruth Sacks (b. 1977, Port Elizabeth) is a South African visual artist and writer who lives in Johannesburg. She recently completed a cross disciplinary PhD at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER), where she was a doctoral fellow. Her thesis, Congo Style: From Belgian Art Nouveau to Zaïre’s l’Authenticité, examines key representations of the Congo in architecture and exhibitions from the early colonial period to the 1970s. Her 3rd artist book, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under Seas, was launched in 2013. She is a laureate of the HISK in Gent, Belgium.

Sacks’ solo exhibitions include: Matterings at TPO (South Africa, 2017), Open Endings at TTTT (Belgium, 2015), 2,000 Meters Above the Sea at CHR (South Africa, 2012), Double-Sided Accumulated at Extraspazio (Italy, 2010), False Friends at Kunstverein (Netherlands, 2010) and Open Studio at Cortex Athletico (France, 2007). Previous group exhibitions include: The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds after 1989 at ZKM |Centre for Art and Media (Germany, 2011), Performa 09, facilitated by the Museum for African Art New York (USA, 2009), the African Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (Italy, 2007) and the 1st Architecture, Art and Landscape Biennale of the Canaries (Canary Islands, 2006).