Kim Gurney is a writer and visual artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. Since January 2018, she holds a Next Generation Researcher staff position in the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR), University of the Western Cape, and for the past decade is affiliated as a Research Associate in the African Centre for Cities (ACC), University of Cape Town.
Kim’s current research projects investigate the working principles of independent art spaces in selected fast urbanising African cities, as well as the labour of the imagination in a Cape Town artisanal node connected to the film industry. She is also exploring the archival records of South Africa’s oldest nonprofit art space. They all variously culminate in publication and artistic outcomes.
Kim’s art practice deals with disappearances of different kinds and makes restorative gestures. She is currently working on a new painting series about violent erasure and reclamation, and mixed media work around the Anthropocene. Kim also engages other artists curatorially including through a nomadic platform she runs called guerilla gallery, which facilitates occasional urban interventions in offspaces.
Kim is a former reporter and News Editor whose writing has turned to long-form projects. She has authored two recent books. ‘August House is Dead, Long live August House!: The story of a Johannesburg atelier’ (Fourthwall Books, 2017), a work of creative nonfiction that tells the story of a building in transition by following artworks made in its midst, and how its resident artists cope with uncertainty. ‘The Art of Public Space: Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) is a monograph that closely follows a Johannesburg public art trilogy, New Imaginaries, comprising walking, gaming and performance art, to make propositions around the commons.
Location: GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi.