Visual/forensic artist, PhD researcher, Liverpool John Moores University
Kathryn Smith (Liverpool John Moores University/Stellenbosch University) is a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant at LJMU School of Art and Design's Face Lab. Her PhD project 'Laws of the Face' explores practices and attitudes to depicting the postmortem face. She holds an MAFA (Wits) and MSc Forensic Art (Dundee) and a senior lectureship at Stellenbosch University (extended sabbatical). Widely published in the fields of visual art and curatorial practice, she is currently co-investigator on 'Poisoned Pasts', a collaborative multimedia research project exploring the visual potential of the Project Coast archives. Developed in partnership with the Institute for Security Studies, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the University of Exeter, it will be launched at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in October 2016.
Facial reconstruction is best known as a forensic tool that can help identify human remains and reconnect them with families for burial or memorialisation. The technique has a potent claim on our imaginations. These...