Kathryn Smith MAFA, MSc

Born 1975, Durban, South Africa / Based in Liverpool, UK

PhD researcher, graduate teaching assistant / Face Lab LJMU


Affiliated to Atlantic House, Cape Town / Stellenbosch University


 Interdisciplinary visual artist applying critical research & curatorial methods to installation, film, photographic and scripto-visual work

Bibliophile & educator working at the interface of the studio/lab, archive/library, museum/gallery

Qualified forensic artist facial identification, forensic & archaeological casework


selected curatorial projects

Between Subject & Object: human remains at the interface of art and science (with Jo Higgins and Penny Siopis), Michaelis Art Galleries, 2014

Dada South?: Dada Legacies in South African Art 1960 to the present (with Roger van Wyk), Iziko South African National Gallery | 2009-2010

Bad Form: Things and Stuff (with Christian Nerf and Francis Burger) for blank projects at the Joburg Art Fair | 2009

MTN New Contemporaries MuseumAfrica, 2003

body I: rest & motion and body II: sublimation an exhibition in two parts 2001-2002

Two Icons: the atom, the body (with James Sey) MuseumAfrica, 2000

Histories of the Present  Downstairs at the Wits Theatre, 1998

Curatorial correspondent for Revolutions – Forms that Turn  2008 Biennale of Sydney

Curatorial correspondent for T1 - Torino Triennale Treimusei  2005