Kim Gurney is a writer, researcher and artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. Kim is based at University of the Western Cape as a Research Fellow in an interdisciplinary platform titled ‘A Practice of Postapartheid Freedom’ and is a Research Associate at African Centre for Cities (ACC), University of Cape Town.
Kim’s academic work spans contemporary art, public art & public interest, the commons, future cities, notions of value, & the media. She favours arts-based research methods, interdisciplinary practice and experimenting with narrative forms. Her artistic practice engages disappearances of different kinds and makes restorative gestures. Her writing is inflected by a former life as a journalist and often seeks out backstage narratives or lesser known tales. In reality, much of this work cross-pollinates and this website gives it a platform.
Kim is currently focused upon creative non-fiction book projects that emerge from research on independent art spaces and other offstage incubators of social imagination. ‘Panya Routes: Independent art spaces in Africa’ is forthcoming (Motto Books, 2022) followed by ‘Flipside: The Inadvertent Archive’ (iwalewabooks) - work in progress about the backstage labour of institution building as curatorial practice.
Kim holds a PhD (UCT), BA Fine Art with Distinction (UCT), MA in International Journalism (City University of London), and BJourn (Rhodes) with Distinction.