Kim Gurney

Kim Gurney

Next Generation

Dr Kim Gurney was a Next Generation Scholar at the Centre for Humanities Research from 2018-2020. She is a writer and visual artist, with a background in journalism. She has authored three non-fiction books that exemplify her interdisciplinary work: The Art of Public Space: Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City (2015); August House is Dead, Long Live August House! The Story of a Johannesburg Atelier (2017); and Panya Routes: Independent Art Spaces in Africa [forthcoming]. Dr Gurney lives in Cape Town and works from a studio collective in Salt River. Her own art practice deals with disappearances of different sorts and makes restorative gestures, while engaging other practitioners through curatorial platforms. Dr Gurney’s former occupation as a journalist and managing various newsrooms informs her interdisciplinary work through an abiding interest in current affairs and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Flipside: The Inadvertent Archive

The South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar is pleased to announce that Kim Gurney will be presenting “Flipside: The Inadvertent Archive” on 22 June 2021 at 14:00.

Mayday – Decolonisation: power and the public space

CHR Next Generation Fellow Kim Gurney was interviewed for a podcast by Bozar Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, on the topic of decolonisation and the public space.

Sets & Devices

Dr Kim Gurney, Next Generation scholar at the CHR, has created a limited edition photobook about life in the artisanal workshop of Sets & Devices in Salt River, Cape Town.

Green Screen

Green Screen, a newly launched work of creative nonfiction, follows the life of a film set created for a commercial by a team of artisans in Salt River, Cape Town, and how it morphs into a surprising series of second lives. The reader navigates this digital storymap online through a series of geolocations, visuals and text, authored by Kim Gurney and published by CHR.

Art, public space, and cities of the South

Cities in Development: Between Dystopia and Utopia

Seminar: Okechukwu Nwafor

Funeral Poster and Pre-Funeral Visual Economy in southeastern Nigeria

From platform to plotform: Artistic thinking in spaces of flux

This session shares work in progress on an African Centre for Cities (ACC) research project led by Kim Gurney called Platform/ Plotform to help forward future work and interdisciplinary outputs

Seminar: Willemien Froneman

Nico Carstens, Disavowal, and the Perverted Mind of Apartheid

Africa as Concept and Method: Emancipation, Decolonization, Freedom

The Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes (CHCI) Africa Workshop 2019 was hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with scholars from the CHR attending.

Re-Imagining as Destruction and Creation

Next Generation Scholar Kim Gurney to speak at Norval Foundation Symposium