Kim Gurney

Kim Gurney works independently across research, writing and fine art. She is affiliated as Research Associate to African Centre for Cities (ACC) at University of Cape Town, and to University of Johannesburg’s Visual Identities in Art & Design (VIAD) Research Centre where she conducts academic research. Her writing covers a range of topics and modalities, from journalism (her first professional calling) to journals, essays, long-form narrative, and books. She is author of The Art of Public Space: Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City (Palgrave, 2015), which tracked a trilogy of performative art interventions in Johannesburg and proposed ideas around the commons. Her second book is a work of creative nonfiction that follows artwork journeys from a Johannesburg atelier into the world, to tell an interwoven story of transition (Fourthwall Books, in press). Her own art practice deals with disappearance of different kinds and makes restorative gestures, while engaging other practitioners through curatorial initiatives. She has had two solo exhibitions in Johannesburg and participates annually on group shows.