Doctoral candidate, Kimberli Gant has a life-long interest in history. During her undergraduate studies, she realized she could combine her interest in history with her love of art and took an art history course. Immediately, Kim was enthralled.
Now at age 30, Kim is researching Contemporary Art throughout the African Diaspora and last summer had the opportunity to spend time with museum curators in London and Brussels examining archives and exhibitions related to landscape art in Africa.
“It’s truly a humbling experience,” Kim said. “It also gave me ideas for other projects I might want to do in the future. In Brussels at the Royal Museum of Central Africa, I reviewed the photographic archive of a Belgian mining company in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and I think the images would make an amazing book project on relationships and interactions between the Congolese populations and the Belgians.”
Kim hopes to continue working in museums and ideally find a position at an institution with a strong collection in African art. She believes that the arts are essential because, in addition to being used as creative expression, they are sources of information, too.
“To see is to discover and art is another way to see,” she said. “Now not everyone sees and experiences the world in the same way and that is fine, but that doesn’t mean it’s not valid in some way.”