Dr Jade Gibson (PhD) is an academic, visual artist, poet and author of the prize-listed (Dundee Prize UK, Virginia Prize UK and Sunday Times Barry Ronge Prize, SA) novel ‘Glowfly Dance’ (Penguin Random House Umuzi 2015), a true story concerning gender violence, and its impact on children, as well as emphasising their resilience. She has a PhD (UCT, South Africa) and masters (UCL, London) in anthropology of art, a BA in fine art at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art in London, UK, and a BSc Hons in Biomedical Science at St George’s Hospital Medical School, UK. She has worked and taught on interdisciplinary projects at UCT (including NIHSS researching material and symbolic connections across BRICS; CAS), UWC (CHR; Cities in Transition Cape Town Transport Museum project), UCL (Diverse Cities in a Diverse World) and NYU in London (lecture course on World Art in Museums). She is currently lecturing a course this semester titled, ‘Strategies in Art Discourse: The World in Art, Art in the World’ at Michaelis Art School, UCT while continuing research with the Afro-Asia musical migrations 700-1500AD precolonial interdisciplinary project in Sociology, UCT. She was also a resident artist at Greatmore Art Studios, Cape Town for five years. Artworks/art films have been shown and/or presented in South Africa, Paris, London and Belgium in exhibitions or conferences. Community-based projects have been in South Africa and London. She has also worked as an artist/anthropologist for seven months in a rainforest with villagers setting up an environmental centre in Vanuatu, the South Pacific. She is a co-organiser of the Cape Town Writer’s Network meetup and has featured often at Off the Wall Poetry in Cape Town, and McGregor Poetry festival 2017. Jade combines academic knowledge and visual expression with a strong interest in interdisciplinary and collaborative projects, working across different genres and communities, and publishing likewise in academic publications spanning visual art, anthropology, performance studies, history and dance. She has always believed in the collaborative and communicative capabilities of art to embody social change, and is committed to talking about the issues of gender violence, particularly embodied in her novel Glowfly Dance.
Interview with Deborah Kalb, Washington US on Glowfly Dance
Article commissioned by ‘ThisisAfrica’ on the writing of Glowfly Dance