New Arrivals 26th to 2nd of October 2017

Gurney (K.) AUGUST HOUSE IS DEAD, LONG LIVE AUGUST HOUSE!, the story of a Johannesburg atelier
171pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R410
Kim Gurney interviews tenants of August House, one of Johannesburg's foremost artists' studios, as the building goes up for sale and the artists face the prospect of having to move.

"With the eye of an urbanist, artist and resident, Kim Gurney [constructs] a compelling assemblage of individual, visual and urban narratives that brilliantly illuminates the complex life of a building, August House, located in inner city Johannesburg. Her cast of characters - artists, workers, neighbours, August House and the city - lends poignant contour to the ebbs and flows of daily life, the pressures of gentrification, the ruthlessness of poverty, the radicality of the imagination and the ghosts of history." Mabel O. Wilson, Columbia University

"Kim Gurney's biography of August House weaves together a diversity of...narratives that capture an intimate, layered view of a city in flux and the precarity of artists' spaces in Johannesburg. "August House is Dead, Long Live August House!" sensitively explores the tensions between competing impulses in the city, and who ultimately gets to shape what Joburg is and who it is for." Mpho Matsipa, University of the Witwatersrand

Kim Gurney is a writer, artist and research associate at the University of Cape Town's African Centre for Cities (ACC) and the University of Johannesburg's Visual Identities in Art & Design Research Centre (VIAD). She is also the author of "The Art of Public Space: curating and re-imagining the ephemeral city". She lives in Cape Town.

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