r u t h   s a c k s

I try to look to the past in order to try comment on contemporary situations. My aim is to respond to different circumstances with as much sensitivity to context as possible. 

In my recent work, I have been looking at examples from past ages. For example, I am interested in the extent to which the meaning of existing architectural features and decoration from previous times has changed. I am curious as to what future generations will think about our own cultural remains.
Similarly, I have been working with different kinds of fictions and their relationship to the construction of history. Not necessarily as a destabilizing factor, but in a more positive sense. I think fictional narratives are essential in understanding what is happening around us. I therefore look very carefully at the literature or popular mythology that has built up around a topic as a way of approaching it. I see my work as creating new fictions. I find this increasingly leads to text pieces as much as sculptural installations and interventions. I enjoy experimenting with the different forms, variations and possibilities of the use of text, especially across different languages and times.(Ruth Sacks)



Ruth Sacks was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1977 and she’s currently living in Brussels where she is resident at the HISK (Higher Institute of Fine Art).

Recent exhibitions include: Double-sided Accumulated at e x t r a s p a z i o gallery, (Rome, 2010), Performa 09 in New York (hosted by the Museum for African Art, 2009), .ZA in Siena (Palazzo delle Papesse, 2008), the African Pavillion at the 2007 Venice Biennale and Open Studio at Cortex Athletico (Bordeaux, 2007).

Her artist’s book False Friends has been launched in March at the Kunstverein, Amsterdam.