Kathryn Smith lives in Cape Town, South Africa, and she is a senior lecturer and head of fine arts studio practice in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Stellenbosch, east of Cape Town. In addition to teaching, she does her own studio work, organizes exhibitions, and does scholarly research. Smith’s writing has been published in catalogues and journals in South Africa and internationally, and she served as a curatorial correspondent for both the 2005 Turin Triennale and the 2008 Biennale of Sydney, participating in discussions and public events for those exhibitions and contributing essays to the catalogues. Her research interests include criminography, camera-based mediums, psycho-geographic art strategies, and historical avant-garde and experimental/radical practices in South African art. She recently established an informal project space in her studio, for her or invited guests to present projects informed by, and directed at, critical conversations about art practice.
Project 35 is a program of single-channel videos selected by 35 international curators who have each chosen one work by an artist that they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. The resulting compendium is released in four installments and is presented simultaneously in an ever-expanding number of venues.