Curriculum Vitae

b. 27 Sept 1977, Port Elizabeth, South Africa


2017: PhD (Art History), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

2007: MFA, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town

1999: BFA, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town

Academic Publishing List Here

Published Book Works:

The Remaindering, 2022, Garamond Press

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under Seas, 2013, Garamond Press

An Extended Alphabet, 2011, Expodium

False Friends, 2010, Kunstverein Publishing

Selected Solo exhibitions:

2022: Concrete Ecologies, Pulp Paperworks, Johannesburg

2017: Matterings, The Point of Order, Johannesburg

2015: Open Endings, TTTT, Ghent

2013: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under SeasMusee Jules Verne, Amiens

2012: 2,000 Meters Above the SeaCenter for Historical Reenactments, Johannesburg

2010Double-sided AccumulatedExtraspazio, Rome

2010: False FriendsKunstverein, Amsterdam (book launch)

2007: Open StudioCortex Athletico, Bordeaux

2005: When the Inside Stays InsideJoão Ferreira Fine Art, Cape Town (cat)

Selected group exhibitions:

2023: Style Congo: Heritage and Heresy, CIVA, Brussels (curated by Sammy Baloji, Silvia Franceschini, Nikolaus Hirsch, Estelle Lecaille) (cat)

2023: Overwhelmed, UJ Gallery, Johannesburg

2022: Situated Makings, FADA Gallery, Johannesburg

2021: Response-ability, Greenhouse Project, Johannesburg

2021: Power of 35! ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg

2020: Here Comes Summer, Museum Cultuur Strombeek, Brussels

2020: Alptraum, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance

2020: Rally, Melpark Sports Centre, Johannesburg (Johannesburg Lasts)

2019:  AMBERES – Robert Bolaño’s Antwerp, M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (curated by Nav Haq)

2017-9: Future Africa: Visions in Time, Makerere Art Gallery, Kampala, Uganda; National Museum of Zimbabwe, Harare; National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi & Goethe-Institut Süd Afrika, Johannesburg (cat)

2017: Booknesses, FADA Gallery, Johannesburg

2016: African Art Book Fair (featured artist), Dakar (curated by Katja Gentric)

2015: A New Spirit in Booking, Museum Cultuur Strombeek, Brussels (curated by Luc Derycke)

2015: You Love Me, You Love Me Not, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto (curated by Suzana Sousa & Bruno Leitão)

2015: Future Africa: Visions in Time, Bayreuth Academy Exhibition, Bayreuth (curated by Nadine Siegert & Storm Janse Van Rensburg)

2015: Monologues, Aardklop Festival, Potchefstroom (curated by Meredith Randall)

2014: Book arts: Artist’s books, Gallery AOP, Johannesburg

2014: Nesting Narratives, GoetheonMain, Johannesburg

2014: Shop Front and Centre (Infecting the City), St George’s Mall, Cape Town

2013: Regions A-G, Johannesburg City Library, Johannesburg

2013-4: Suspicious MindsMichaelis GalleryIziko Annexe, Cape Town (curated by Fabian Saptouw)

2013: IKAURUPretoria Art Museum, Pretoria,

2013: NOPX|artbook|2012|2013, NOPX|limitededitionpics, Turin

2013: Back and ForthSouth London Gallery, London (curated by Marie Canet)

2012: Evolution de l’ArtKunstverein Milano, Milan (curated by Katia Anguelova and Valerio  Del Baglivo)

2011: The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds After 1989ZKM | Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (curated by Peter Weibel and Andrea Buddensieg) (cat)

2011: Malleability Revisited (locatie: Kanaleneiland), Expodium, Utrecht (cat)

2011-2: DON’T/PANICDurban Art Gallery, Durban, Center for Historical Reenactments, Johannesburg (curated by Gabi Ngcobo) (cat)

2011: Anonymously YoursMaison Gregoire, Brussels (cat)

2011-2: AlptraumDeutscher Kuenstlerbund – Projektraum, Berlin, The Company, LA, USA; blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa, GoetheonMain, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010: FIT Chapter HMaison Gregoire, Brussels (curated by Emmanuel Lambion)

2009: Performa 09, Produced by the Museum for African Art, New York (curated by Roselee Golderg) (cat)

2009: Dada South?Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town (curated by Kathryn Smith and Roger Van Wyk)

2009: Futur, Frac Aquitaine, Bordeaux (curated by Marie Canet)

2009: PolyphonieGrenslandhal, Watou (curated by Hans Martens)

2009: First Things FirstCCNOA, Brussels

2009: Test PatternsSan Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco (curated by Leigh Illion)

2008: False FriendsConflict Room, Antwerp

2008: Scratching the Surface Vol. IAssociation for Visual Arts, Cape Town (curated by Gabi Ngcobo).

2008: . ZA, giovane arte dal SudafricaPalazzo Delle Papesse, Siena (curated by Lorenzo Fusi) (cat)

2007: Luanda Pop_Check ListBiennale di Venezia 2007 (curated by Fernando Alvim and Simon Njami)

2007: Fresh II (National Arts Festival), Grahamstown (curated by Jay Pather)

2006: 1st Architecture, Art and Landscape Biennial of the Canaries, Los Lavaderos, Tenerife, Spain (curated by Antonio Zaya) (cat)

2004: Negotiate, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.

Artist Residencies:

2014: Pro Helvetia SADC residency, Kinshasa, DRC

2014:  Osthang Project, Darmstadt, Germany

2013:  International Residency at Recollets, Paris, France

2008-9: Hoger Instituut van Schone Kunsten (HISK), Ghent, Belgium

2007:  Cité des Arts, Paris, France (awarded for winning first prize in the 2006 ABSA L’Atelier Competition)

Selected Bibliography (solo projects): 

Munnik, G. 2022. ‘Monstrous Elasticity: Ruth Sacks ‘The Remaindering’ [online].

Mecugni, A. 2010. ‘Ruth Sacks’: Art in America International Review 2010. p. 84  [pdf]

Iaceolla, A. 2010. ‘Ruth Sacks’: Exibart. Year XIX no 64. p. 65  [pdf]

Fiacco, D. 2010. ‘Ruth Sacks at Gallery Extraspazzio, Rome’: Arskey [online]

Williamson, S. 2009. ‘Ruth Sacks’: South African Art Now. Collins Design. p. 262-3

Arnaudet, D. 2007. ‘Open Studio’: Art Press. No. 339. p. 87  [pdf]

Vincent, C. 2007. ‘Ruth Sacks Cortex Athletico’: Art South Africa . Vol 6 Issue 2.
pp. 90 – 1   [pdf]

Vincent, C. 2007. ‘Cabinet de lecture’: Art 21. Numero 13. p. 42   [pdf]

O’Toole, S. 2007. ‘So What Does Ruth Do Again?’: Art South Africa. Vol. 5. Issue 4. p. 18.

Williamson, S. 2006. ‘Ruth Sacks Artbio’: Artthrob [online]. Available: