Kim Gurney is a writer, artist and researcher. She is currently based at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape (UWC), completing her fourth book, ‘Flipside: The Inadvertent Archive’, which is currently in press with iwalewabooks (Johannesburg, Lagos, Frankfurt). ‘Flipside’ responds to the extensive, uncatalogued document archive of a long-running arts association and non-profit gallery in Cape Town, South Africa.

Kim is the author of three other books variously linking contemporary art to public space and city futures: ‘Panya Routes: Independent art spaces in Africa’ (Motto, Berlin & Lausanne), ‘August House is Dead, Long Live August House! The Story of a Johannesburg Atelier’ (Fourthwall, Johannesburg), and ‘The Art of Public Space: Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City’ (Palgrave Macmillan, London).

Kim’s writing, which crosses genre but favours long-form creative non-fiction, is inflected by a former life as a journalist and News Editor and often seeks out backstage narratives. She is widely published in different genres and international platforms. Her artistic practice engages disappearances of different kinds and makes restorative gestures, while collaborating with artists curatorially.

Kim holds four advanced degrees: PhD (University of Cape Town), BFA with Distinction in Discourse of Art (Michaelis, UCT), MA in International Journalism (City, University of London), and BJourn with Distinction (Rhodes). She has held various long-term research affiliations including with African Centre for Cities (UCT) and VIAD (Visual Identities in Art & Design) Research Centre (UJ).

This website brings together Kim’s interdisciplinary work.

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