Kim Schmahmann (born 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is an artist who currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He creates conceptual art using furniture as his medium. Many of his pieces comment on his British-centric education in South Africa, and the environment growing up there. His piece "Bureau of Bureaucracy" is permanently on display at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC. "Bureau" took six years (from 1993–1999) to create at the MIT Hobby Shop in Cambridge.
He recently completed a piece entitled "Apart-Hate: A People Divider," which was exhibited as part of the Global Africa Project at the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) in New York City. This show was curated by Lowery Stokes Sims and Leslie King-Hammond. The Apart-Hate piece offers reflections on how societies create systems that divide people with hate. Judith Dobrzynski, writing for the New York Times, has described the work as a "meditation on discrimination."
- Official Site
- Bureau of Bureaucracy at the Renwick Gallery
- MAD Global Africa Project
- Video from MAD Global Africa Project
- New York Times Feature Article
- Article on the MIT Hobby Shop
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