Kim Wall was a Swedish journalist who was killed this summer while reporting. Although she was not an anthropologist by education, her work explored subcultures and what she called “the undercurrents of rebellion” with insight and grace.
We’ve collected here some of her best pieces to remember and honour her life and work.
The Weekly Package – How Cubans deliver culture without internet
Harper’s Magazine, July 2017
An exploration into the complex networks of Cuban film streaming without access to the internet.
Welcome to Gibtown, the last ‘freakshow’ town in America
The Guardian, February 2015 (with Caterina Clerici)
With the demise of the carnival, an important slice of American history risks being lost – but the residents of Gibsonton, Florida, are trying to keep the legacy of the town’s famous ‘freaks’ alive.
Interview with a real-life vampire: why drinking blood isn’t like in Hollywood
The Guardian, August 2015
People who claim to be vampires are in the thousands, with demographics transcending class, race and gender. But there’s a reason they stay in the shadows.
Vodou is elusive and endangered, but it remains the soul of Haitian people
The Guardian, November 2015 (with Caterina Clerici)
Far from B-movie cliches, vodou is spiritual system and a way of life but even in Haiti, where it became an official religion, it faces prejudice and hostility.
Tour Buses to Sri Lanka’s Battlefields
Vice, May 2014
Remembering the Civil War is reserved for those who won.
Kim’s family and friends have established the Kim Wall Memorial Fund, to encourage the work of young female journalists.