Dr. Katharina Fink



Completed Project

[Un/doing Sophiatown] Contemporary reverberations of a myth and in a suburb


This PHD project was published and is available at the website of himmelgrün.


finkSophiatown, the iconic suburb in Johannesburg, is at the heart of many narratives around identity and belonging. Sceptical of both concepts mentioned; the author investigates the multiple ways in which people 'un/do' Sophiatown - both as a a myth and a suburb - in the present. The focus on heritage, image politics and on people's ways of making futures by creating references to a myth in everyday practices.

Based on the author's dissertation, the book sheds light on cultural projects and exhibitions. And shares lessons about museology and artistic interventions learned in and with Sophiatown.