Terry Kurgan

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Terry Kurgan is an artist, writer and curator based in Johannesburg. Her artistic interest is in photography, and in the complex and paradoxical nature of all photographic transactions. She explores this through a diverse body of artwork that foregrounds notions of intimacy, pushing at the boundaries between ‘the private’ and ‘the public’ in the South African public domain. Her projects have been sited in spaces as varied as a maternity hospital, a public library, a popular Johannesburg shopping mall, an inner city park and a prison. She’s been awarded many prizes and grants, and has exhibited and published broadly in South Africa and internationally. Hotel Yeoville was published by Fourthwall Books, Johannesburg in 2013, and recent exhibitions include:  Public Intimacy: Art And Other Ordinary Acts In South Africa, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 2014; Nine Urban Biotopes: Negotiating the Future of Urban Living, Berlin (2014); Sharp, Sharp Johannesburg, La Gaite Lyrique, Paris (2013); Public Art/Private Lives, Gallery AOP, Johannesburg (2013); and Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography at the V&A Museum, London (2012). She is currently Senior Artist in Residence at WiSER where she is producing a literary work, an artist’s book comprising a series of linked, narrative non-fiction essays that develop in relation to the evocative power of photographs as objects.