photograph by Charlie Hui of Viswerk
Khensani de Klerk is an architectural researcher, designer and performer from Johannesburg, South Africa. Her efforts are centred practicing intersectionality in the architectural industry through research and practice. She considers herself a multidisciplinary artist, finding a language in spatial, written and auditory explorations. She received a Bachelors in Architecture and a Bachelors of City Planning (Hons) from The University of Cape Town as well as a MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design (RIBA II) from the University of Cambridge. Khensani is the founder and co-director of Matri-Archi(tecture), an intersectional collective that empowers African women as a network dedicated to African built development and spatial education. She is based between the UK, Switzerland and South Africa.
Khensani is also an editorial contributor at the Architectural Review in London. Her most recent research focuses on safe space, infrastructure and social provision in hopes of reducing Gender-based violence in Cape Town across urban design, architectural and public policy levels. She is also part of Hunguta collective, having exhibited at the 2019 Oslo Triennale on a project titled Disruptive (de)growth Repository of Southern Ecosystems, addressing the archiving of spatial practices in sub-Saharan Africa as a means of subverting the assumed objectivity of Western Canonical spatial knowledge production. She also explores these intersections through spoken word projects as Khe, bringing to the forefront the emotive presence of spatial knowledge production.
Her current projects include contributing to this year’s 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennale through Matri-Archi(tecture) with a design built community based installation on the south side, as well as an art installation at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany both launching this September.
She is fluent in English; and speaks Xitsonga, Afrikaans and German (CEFR B2).
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