T E R R Y    K U R G A N

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TERRY KURGAN
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(From Family Affairs series of 15 prints)


TERRY KURGAN
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(From Family Affairs series of 15 prints)


TERRY KURGAN
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(From Family Affairs series of 15 prints)


TERRY KURGAN
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(From Family Affairs series of 15 prints)


TERRY KURGAN
Untitled
(From Family Affairs series of 15 prints)


TERRY KURGAN
Untitled
(From Family Affairs series of 15 prints)


TERRY KURGAN
Untitled
(From Family Affairs series of 15 prints)


TERRY KURGAN
Untitled
(From Family Affairs series of 15 prints)


TERRY KURGAN
Untitled
(From Family Affairs series of 15 prints)


TERRY KURGAN
Untitled
(From Family Affairs series of 15 prints)


TERRY KURGAN
Untitled
(From Family Affairs series of 15 prints)


TERRY KURGAN
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(From Family Affairs series of 15 prints)


TERRY KURGAN
Binky


TERRY KURGAN
Untitled
(From Family Affairs series of 15 prints)


TERRY KURGAN
Untitled
(From Family Affairs series of 15 prints)


TERRY KURGAN
Untitled
(From Family Affairs series of 15 prints)

Artist's Statement

Terry Kurgan is an artist who lives and works in Johannesburg. Most of her projects are realized through photo-based media in a practice that is characterized by an underlying coherence that links her work in diverse fields and often, across disciplines. Inter-related concerns run through works made for different contexts, whether personal projects developed for a gallery/museum, projects made in response to a public space and its associated community, or projects realized in relation to the social communications needs of a business or corporate environment. Kurgan's artistic interest is in photography, and in the nature of all photographic transactions. Her creative process is driven by a desire to establish relationships and directly engage with people, community and place alongside a keen interest in the confluence of public and private realm issues and spaces.

She particularly enjoys projects that require a contextual response. These have been sited in spaces as diverse as a maternity hospital, a popular Johannesburg shopping mall and a prison, and combine design and spatial understanding with a new and exciting way of representing contemporary South African social issues. Kurgan studied Fine Art in South Africa and the U.S.A, has taught at South African universities and often consults to media and social communications companies. She is an active member of the Joubert Park Project, an energetic artist's collective who share a passion for projects in Johannesburg's inner city. Kurgan won the prestigious South African FNB Vita Prize for contemporary art in 2000 and was nominated with her client and collaborators for Business Art South Africa/Business Day awards in 2004 and 2005. She has exhibited broadly, nationally and internationally and her work is represented in most major public and corporate South African collections and art publications.

Biography

Education

1992 MFA - Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa

1982 BAFA - California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California, USA

Current Projects & Activities

Hotel Yeoville: Working in partnership with the Wits Forced Migration Studies Programme towards an exhibition, web project and book publication. Hotel Yeoville maps a demographically typical block on either side of Page Street in Yeoville to investigate, record and make visible the experience of the people who are living there. The project also explores the ambiguous and complex nature of photographic transactions.

Idensitat 07: Home/Away International art project, exhibition and laboratory for public art projects experimenting with new ways of social engagement and public participation. Invited to participate with an exhibition of the Hotel Yeoville project in process. Calaf, Manresa *& Mataro- Spain.

Treason Trial Programme:  Commissioned by the Joubert Park Project (JPP - an artist's laboratory based at the Drill Hall in the inner City of Johannesburg) and working in collaboration with artist Usha Seejarim and a team of others; this process driven project aims to produce an exhibition, book and a film product resulting from an extensive series of interactions between a select group of 30 inner city high school kids and a small surviving group of men and women who were tried with 156 others in the legendary Treason Trial held at the Drill Hall exactly 50 years ago.

Leadership in Development:  Awarded a social communications tender by the IDC in a joint venture with Halo New Media - corporate communications specialists. Kurgan will design, produce and install a series of large format mixed media exhibitions into the IDC's Sandton building at regular intervals over the period of a year, which will become the 'objects' of Halo New Media's internal communications campaign.

Solo Exhibitions

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2005    Terry Kurgan Photographs 1924 - 2005, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

2003    Skip, Bell - Roberts Gallery, Cape Town **
            Lost and Found, Durban Art Gallery, Durban

2002    Lost and Found, presented by the Goodman Gallery, Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

2000    Family Affairs, Gertrude Posel Gallery, Johannesburg and Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, Cape Town

1999    Maternal Exposures, a series of permanent exhibitions into the maternity wards of Groote Schuur and Mowbray Maternity Hospitals in Cape Town

1997    Home Truths,  July - Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg,
            November - Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, Cape Town  **

1995    Take My Picture, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town

Selected Group Exhibitions

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2007    Idensitat 07: Home/Away, International laboratory for public art projects experimenting with new ways of social engagement and participation - participating with an exhibition of the Hotel Yeoville project in process. Calaf, Manresa *& Mataro- Spain.

2007    ArtSeasons 2007, Franschhoek, Cape Town

2006    Form and Substance, Erdmann Contemporary & The Photographers Gallery ZA, Cape Town
            Women: photography, digital and new media, Johannesburg Art Gallery curated by Amy Watson and Khwezi Gule

2004    Show us what you are made of - Part 1, Curated by Stephen Hobbs. The Premises Gallery - Inaugural Exhibition, Johannesburg Civic Theatre.
            Through the Looking Glass: Representations of Self by South African Women Artists. Curated by Brenda Schmahmann. Standard Bank National Arts Festival (toured nationally) **
            Johannesburg Circa Now: Photography and the City - exhibition, education and book project Curated by Terry Kurgan and Jo Ractliffe. Johannesburg Art Gallery **
            Ties that Bind. Curated by Carol Brown. Durban Art Gallery, and Constitution Hill, Johannesburg **

2002    Three Women, The Rampart Walk, The Memory Room, collaborative multi-media installations, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg **

2001     Joubert Park Public Art Project, Curated by Dorothee Kreutzfeld, Bie Venter & Jo Ractliffe. Johannesburg Art Gallery & Joubert Park Precinct, Johannesburg  **

2000    A.R.E.A. 2000 -  Art Region End of Africa, Curated by Gavin Younge. Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland. **  
            M'escriuras una carta/Can you write me a letter?  Curated by Gloria Bosch Mir, MuSeu d'Art, Girona, Spain **
            FNB Vita Art Prize Exhibition, Sandton Art Gallery, Johannesburg **
            Emotions and Relations, Curated by Hentie Van Der Merwe.
            Sandton Art Gallery, Johannesburg and Klein Karoo Festival, Oudtshoorn
            Self, Curated by Clive Van Den Berg, Klein Karoo Festival, Oudtshoorn
            Millenium 11 Inaugural exhibition,  Millenium Gallery, Johannesburg
            Sasol 1991-2000: a selection from the Sasol Collection, Sasol Art Museum **

1999    Unplugged IV, Rembrandt van Rijn Art Gallery, Johannesburg
            Emergence, Curated by Fiona Rankin-Smith and Julia Charlton. Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Grahamstown,  (toured nationally)
            100 x C: Photography in South Africa, Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, Cape Town **

1998    Bliss, Contemporary South African Photographers. Curated by Heidi Erdmann. Area Gallery, Cape Town
            Bringing Up Baby: Artists Survey The Reproductive Body, Curated by Terry Kurgan.  Standard Bank National Arts Festival - Grahamstown, (toured nationally) **
            Unplugged III, Rembrandt van Rijn Art Gallery, Johannesburg
            eyeAfrica: African Photography 1840 - 1998, Curated by Pierre Sanner-Revue Noire. South African National Gallery & Castle Good Hope, Cape Town  **

1997    Lifetimes:  An exhibition of South African Art. Curated by Ruth Sack. Out of Africa Festival, Aktionsforum Praterinsel, Munich, Germany     
          Purity and Danger, Curated by Penny Siopis. Gertrude Posel Gallery, Johannesburg **
          Photo/Synthesis: Contemporary South African Photography, Curated by Kathy Grundlingh. Standard Bank National Arts Festival - Grahamstown, (toured nationally) **
          Printmaking in a Transforming South Africa. Curated by Phillipa Hobbs. Standard Bank National Arts Festival - Grahamstown, (toured nationally)

1996    Don't mess with Mister Inbetween: 15 Artistas da Africa do Sul, Culturgest Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal. Curated by Ruth Rosengarten and Angela Ferreira.  **

Selected Public Projects and Corporate Commissions

2007    Leadership in Development: Awarded a social communications tender by the IDC in a joint venture with Halo New Media.

2006    Hotel Yeoville, exhibition/book/website, in collaboration with Wits Forced Migration Studies Programme
            Treason Trial Programme, educational project/exhibition/book/film, in collaboration with Usha Seejarim, Joubert Park Project and The Apartheid Museum.

2005    Face Up. Commissioned to do the photography for a book publication profiling Discovery's projects in the public health sector, in collaboration with writer & critic Alex Dodd and the client - Discovery Corporate Social Investment Division
          Commissioned by Investec to produce a series of portraits of people from disadvantaged backgrounds who have become successful entrepreneurs through Investec's The Business Place corporate social investment project.
    
2004    Park Pictures: public realm project with the 40 street photographers based in Joubert Park, inner city Johannesburg made specifically to be installed into the Johannesburg Art gallery which is also situated in the park.
            Encounters. A site specific exhibition profiling Discovery's projects in the public health sector, produced in collaboration with architect Nina Cohen and Dymond Engneering for Discovery's Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban offices

2002/3    Constitution Hill.  Appointed as member of a multi-disciplinary team drawn together by Ochre Media and commissioned by the Johannesburg Development Agency to develop a feasibility study and business plan with regard to the development of a museum, education and tourism precinct on Constitution Hill.  Curator/designer of 3 multi media installations - Three Women, The Rampart Walk and the Fort Entrance that were installed on the site as a part of the feasibility study research process.

2002    Moving Pictures, Moving People. Commissioned by Ochre Media to produce a multi-media booth installation for the XIV International AIDS Conference, Barcelona, Spain and the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Worked in collaboration with architect Nina Cohen, Film-maker Sam Smirin and Dymond Engineering

2001    Joubert Park Public Art Project. Invited by the curators to make a work that engaged with the culture and economy of the Joubert Park precinct. Developed a portable studio project as a small business venture with the Association of Park Photographers.

2000    Beyond Racism. Commissioned by ConXtions Social Communications to design and produce a multi media installation for an international conference on racism

1999    Maternal Exposures. Permanent installations into Groote Schuur and Mowbray Maternity Hospitals in Cape Town. Designed in collaboration with architect, Nina Cohen.

Selected Awards and Grants

2006    Business & Arts South Africa/Business Day Award (finalist)
2005    Business & Arts South Africa /Business Day Award (finalist)
2004    National Arts Council (grant)
            National Lottery Board - Arts & Culture (grant)
            City of Johannesburg (grant)
2000    FNB Vita Art Prize (winner)
1999    Arts & Culture Trust (grant)
            Business & Arts South Africa (grant)
1998    Department of Arts & Culture (grant)
            Arts & Culture Trust (grant)
            Business & Arts South Africa (grant)
    

Curatorial Projects

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2004    Johannesburg Circa Now:  photography and the city, exhibition, education project and publication, with Jo Ractliffe, Johannesburg Art Gallery  **

2002    Three Women, The Rampart Walk, The Memory Room, commissioned by Ochre media and Johannesburg Development Agency, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg **

1998     Bringing Up Baby: Artists Survey The Reproductive Body, Exhibition Standard Bank National Arts Festival -Grahamstown  (toured nationally) **

Selected Bibliography & References

Alexander, R. (1998) "The notion of a birth" Mail and Guardian, June 5 to 11
Antonio, T. (1997) "Purity and Danger" exhibition video publication, Wits University
Atkinson, B. (Ed) (1999)  "Wash 5 - Family"   Chalkham Hill Press, Johannesburg
Atkinson, B. (1997) "Purity and Danger". De Artes Journal, Issue # 56,
Atkinson, B. (1998) "Fertile Ground". Mail and Guardian December 11 to 17
Atkinson, B. (1997) "The display of taboos". Mail and Guardian May 16 to 22
Atkinson, B. (1997) " Taboo or not taboo". Mail and Guardian May 23 to 29
Atkinson, B. (1997) " Love, Loss  &  Longing". Mail and Guardian July 25 to 31
Bester, R. (2000) "Terry Kurgan" Catalogue Essay FNB Vita Art Prize exhibition
Cilliers, Pieter (2000) "Kunskafee" No's. 19  and 22 - Video profile by Pieter Cilliers Production for the arts magazine programme Kunskafee on DSTV
Dodd, A. (2002) "Living History" Art South Africa vol 01, issue 02, summer 2002
Dodd, A. (2000) "Tunnel to voices & images of the distant past" Sunday Independent, July 30
Geers, K. (1997) "Taking a risk with her children's bodies" . The Star Aug.12.
Greig, R (2005) " Three generations " Sunday Independent, May 1
Godby, M (2003) " Terry Kurgan: Skip " Art South Africa vol 02, issue 01,
spring 2003
Higgins, J. (1999) "Focus on family" Mail & Guardian, October 1 to 7
Hobbs, P & Rankin, E. (1997) "Printmaking in a transforming South Africa",
Cape Town and Johannesburg: David Philip Publishers
Krouse, M. (2002) "Hillbrow's haunted heritage"  Mail & Guardian Sept 6 to 12
Kurgan, T. (1998) "Mothers and Others" Catalogue Essay, Bringing Up Baby: Artist's survey the Reproductive Body, published by the Bringing Up Baby project, Cape Town
Machen, P. (2003) "A walk-through tour of loss, innocence and longing" Sunday Independent, February 16
Murinik, T. (1998) " With or without child". Mail & Guardian, August 28 to September 3
Murinik, T. (2004) "Johannesburg Circa Now" Art South Africa vol 03, issue 02, summer 2004
Murinik, T. (2004) "Terry Kurgan"  !0 years 100 artists: Art in a democratic South Africa, edited by Sophie Perryer, Bell-Roberts Publishing, Cape Town 2004
Pople, L. (2000) " Kurgan wen ENB Vita Kunsprys". Beeld, 19 July.
Roper, C. (1999) "Private parts". Mail and Guardian, October 10 to 16
Rosengarten, R. (2005) "Material Ghosts: Terry Kurgan's Park pictures" Johannesburg Circa Now: Photography and the City, edited by Terry Kurgan and Jo Ractliffe, published by Terry Kurgan and Jo Ractliffe, JHB 2005.
Rosengarten, R. (1996). "Don't mess with Mister Inbetween: 15 Artistas da
Africa Do Sul". Exhibition Catalogue Essay. Culturgest: Lisbon.
Rosengarten, R. (1997). "To Have and To Hold: Recent Drawings by Terry
Kurgan". Exhibition Catalogue essay, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
Sack, R. (1997).  "Lifetimes: Kunst aus dem sudlichen Afrika". Exhibition
catalogue, Aktionsforum Praterinsel: Munich 1997.
Schmahmann, Brenda (2004) Through the Looking Glass: Representations of Self by South African Women Artists, Johannesburg: David Krut Publishing
Segal, L, Martin K and Court S (eds.) (2006)  Number Four: The making of Constitution Hill. Penguin Books, South Africa.
Siopis, P. (1997) "Domestic Affairs". De Artes Journal, Issue # 55,
Unversity of South Africa Publishers  April 1997.
Siopis, P. (1997) "Purity and Danger". De Artes Journal, Issue # 56,
Unversity of South Africa Publishers, September 1997.
Smith, K. (2000) "Shooting From The Hip" Style Magazine October 2000
Smith, K. (2000) "Q & A". An interview with the artist, Mail & Guardian, August 18 to 24
Smith, K (2003)  "Skip: present company included : a space between 'private' and public"  catalogue essay , Bell Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
Taylor, J. (1997) "Purity and Danger". De Artes Journal, Issue # 56,
Unversity of South Africa Publishers, September 1997.
Van Bosch, C. (1997)  "Seksuele taboes rondom kindwees subtiel aangeraak".
Die Burger, 8 October.
Van Bosch, C. (1998) "Politiek van liggamm openbarend beskou".
Die Burger, 7 Julie.
Van Bosch, C. (1999) "Grense van die kyker hier deur foto's verken".
Die Burger, 6 Oktober.
Williamson, S. "Artbio" www.artthrob.co.za, Issue 36, August 2000

Public Collections

Johannesburg Art Gallery  * Durban Art Gallery  * MTN Corporate Collection * Sasol Corporate Collection * South African National Gallery * Katrine Harries Print Cabinet - University of Cape Town * Irma Stern Museum *  Cape Town Centre for African Studies - University of Cape Town IDC Corporate Collection *  RMB London Corporate Collection * Mary and Leigh Block Gallery, Northwestern University, Chicago

Other Professional Involvement

Terry Kurgan has taught at university institutions around the country, including some postgraduate supervision and external examination. She consults to a range of corporate clients with regard to their social communications strategies and specializes in projects that require a contextual response. She is chair of the board, and an active member of the Joubert Park Project, a non-profit artist's collective and laboratory who share a passion for projects in Johannesburg's inner city and operate out of the Drill Hall in downtown Johannesburg.


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