South African Projections: Films by William Kentridge

South African William Kentridge’s art is internationally acclaimed for its dramatic narrative invention and for its extraordinary technique. Grounded in recent South African history, Kentridge's complex narratives address personal and universal concerns of love, greed, jealousy, and memory.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Jewish Museum in United States.
From Sunday 02 May 2010 to Sunday 19 September 2010

Published by anonymous on Wednesday 14 April 2010.
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Acclaimed for the dramatic quality of his work, South African artist William Kentridge transforms the traditional medium of drawing by filming drawn, erased and redrawn images thereby creating a visual narrative. Presented as film, the hand of the draftsman is seen in the charcoal lines, smudges, and silhouettes—leaving traces of time across the moving images.

The four films in this exhibition, part of the Drawings for Projection series, depict the fictional Jewish characters Soho Eckstein and Felix Teitelbaum, who begin as alteregos of each other. While the latter is initially part self-portrait, the artist complicates this, as protagonist and antagonist exchange attributes as the sequences progress. The characters metaphorically play out the social, political, and moral legacy of apartheid as they go about their lives. Kentridge’s filmed narratives explore political themes in recent South African history, while addressing personal and universal concerns; the nature of memory, greed, love, and jealousy.