Research Associate at The Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD)
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture
University of Johannesburg
Gers, Wendy (BA History of Art & Classical Civilization, Advanced University Diploma, Information Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 1994; MA History of Art, cum laude, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2000)
Wendy Gers was recently nominated a ‘World Leading South African’ by City Press. She is curator of the 2014 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, and is Coordinator of an International Ceramics Research Laboratory at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts, Limoges, France. She also lectures at l’Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design de Valenciennes, France. Gers has authored various museum catalogue articles, and published over 30 articles in scholarly journals including Image & Text, Art South Africa, Ceramic Review, African Arts, and La Révue de la Céramique et du Verre. She has acted as a guest reviewer for scholarly journals and is finalising a large publication on Southern African Potteries (1880-1980). She was the Curator at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (1996-2001). In addition to international ceramics, Gers’s research interests include Modern and contemporary art and design history, critical theory, cultural studies, curatorial practices and post-colonial studies.
Gers, W. 2015. In black, white and brown, in Blanco, edited by R Krauskopf, X Ducci, M Weiss, M Pincheira & B Torres. Santiago, Chile: Esteka.
Gers, W. 2013. Hiatus in Harare. Art South Africa 12(2), December:59-63.
Gers, W. 2013. Taipei. Art South Africa 12(1), September:40-43.
Gers, W. 2013. Paris. Art South Africa 12(1), September:44-45.
Gers, W. 2013. 3D printing in the RSA. Art South Africa 12(1):95.
Gers, W. 2013. Ceramic Art London: pour tout les gouts des amateurs de céramique. La Revue de la Céramique et du Verre 151, Juillet-août:76-77.
Recent exhibitions and projects:
Gers, W. 2014. Curator of the 2014 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale Terra-Nova: Critical Currents/Contemporary Ceramics, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, 2 May- 12 October.
Recent conference papers
Gers, W. 2015. Curatorial models and protocols in international ceramics biennales: ubuntu co-creation, collaboration and dialogue as the hallmark of the 2014 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale. Paper presented at Stepping Up: Australian Ceramics Triennial, Canberra, 10 July.
Gers, W. 2015. Terra Nova – la biennale de la céramique et les Échanges France-Taïwan: créer, innover, experimenter, construire ensemble. Paper presented at Les Echanges France-TaÏwan, Les arts Codés Pantin, Paris, 7 June.
Gers, W. 2015. Exhibition politics: a personal reflection on the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale. Video conference, University of North Texas, Texas, 6 March.