From the publisher:
"Signs of Life is published on the occasion of Jo Ractliffe's fourth solo exhibition with Stevenson, which she introduced as follows:
I live in a house on the mountainside, overlooking the sea. Every morning I breathe in the sea’s air. It’s a smell like no other, sometimes intensely humic, at other times bearing just the faintest trace of brine. I draw it in as deeply as I can, as if that breath could gather in all the depth of the ocean. It fills me with a pure momentary contentment and I know I am here with the living, not the dead.
Most of the photographs on this exhibition were made during the past 45 months; a few extend back as far as 1985. They come from many places: the Southern Cape, up the West Coast, to Angola and across the Atlantic to Mexico. From the mermaid in St Helena Bay to Buffel, the southern elephant seal, who journeyed some 2 100 kilometres from Marion Island to undergo his catastrophic moult on Fish Hoek beach earlier this year, this exhibition begins and ends with the sea.
Featuring a linen hardcover with inset image, Signs of Life forms a pair with Ractliffe's previous publication, Everything is Everything (2017)."
21 x 22 cm | 100 pages | hardcover