Joburg Launch of Ruth Sacks' artist book 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under Seas'

Sat 9 November 2013 at the Johannesburg City Library
Starting at 11:30 am
Presented by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS)
This event is part of the exhibition Regions A‐G, taking place from 10:30 – 13:00

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under Seas
is Ruth Sacks’ 3rd artist book to date. The piece is made up of a series of textual and visual interventions into Jules Verne’s classic adventure tale 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, from 1870. Sacks has rewritten the original story, working from early, erroneous, English translations of the French author’s text.  She has inserted various additions, removals and embellishments into the narrative in order to comment on certain colonial attitudes which can be found in Verne’s story. The artist book is also a sculptural object that references the late 19th century style, Art Nouveau.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under Seas was launched in September this year at La Maison  de Jules Verne in Amiens, France, as part of the South African Season in France 2013. Printing of the book was generously made possible by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and Iwalewa-Haus, Afrikazentrum der Universität Bayreuth.

Ruth Sacks is a Johannesburg-based visual artist and writer who has exhibited widely, internationally and locally. She has just returned from an artist residency in Paris at Récollets International Residence. Sacks is currently based at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) where she is a doctoral fellow.

Venue: Johannesburg City Library, Market Street, Johannesburg CBD - Safe parking available. 

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Event organised as part of the South African Season in France.