Terry Kurgan

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Terry Kurgan is an artist and writer based in Johannesburg. Her artistic interest is in the medium of photography, in particular the complexity of the photographic interaction. She explores this through a diverse body of multi-media artwork and writing, which foregrounds notions of intimacy, pushing at the boundaries between ‘the private’ and ‘the public’ in the South African public domain. She has exhibited and published broadly in South Africa and internationally, and received numerous grants and awards, including the FNB Vita Art Prize, and the inaugural Mbokoda Photography Award. Kurgan has published many essays on vernacular photography and public-sphere art practice in books and academic journals. Her book publications include Johannesburg Circa now (2005), Hotel Yeoville (2013), and most recently, Everyone is Present (2018), which she wrote during her tenure as a WiSER Writing Fellow/Artist in Residence. Terry is editor and partner (with Bronwyn Law-Viljoen) of the Johannesburg based independent publisher Fourthwall Books. Currently, she is registered for a PHD in Creative Writing, researching and writing a new work of creative nonfiction that once again develops in relation to the evocative power of photographs as objects.