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2B HUMAN EXHIBITION : WILLIAM KENTRIDGE, OTHER FACES
July 1 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until July 4, 2021
William Kentridge is one of the world’s greatest living artists, and has had an expansive career which has seen him design opera sets, stage multi-disciplinary performances and create hard-hitting and poignant drawings and animations. His work explores the legacy of apartheid, as well as the human condition, and the ever-repeating cycles of history and memory.
Other Faces (2011)
Other Faces is one of Kentridge’s cinematic animations and sees the return of character Soho Eckstein, a character from previous films who is a Caucasian industrialist and land developer living in post-apartheid South Africa. This film is the newest addition to the artist’s Drawings for Projection series which began in 1989 with Johannesburg, 2nd Greatest City after Paris.
Similar to other works in Kentridge’s oeuvre, Other Faces is extremely context dependent. Kentridge grew up amidst the racial turmoil in Johannesburg, South Africa, and it is this racial tension which informs his art as the film attempts to narrate the socio-political traumas experienced by individuals in the wake of apartheid and civil war.
Eckstein’s story in Other Faces begins when he is involved in a car accident with a black preacher in front of a black African church in downtown Johannesburg. The ensuing argument attracts a large angry crowd of churchgoers and the film fades into Eckstein’s recollections of the event and his interaction with the preacher. Soon it becomes apparent that the argument between the two men is more a reflection of their fractured understanding of their country’s past rather than the actual incident.
Kentridge oscillates the narrative between the event and Eckstein’s thoughts using his unique style of animation. The artist only ever draws in charcoal with touches of blue and red pastel. His drawings are then progressively altered through erasure and overdrawing and given a few seconds on a 35 mm film camera.
“Drawing is about fluidity and testing ideas,” explains Kentridge. It is thought in slow motion and a process in which notions are constantly modified and consolidated. These realisations of the artist’s contemplations are almost impressionistic; frenzied and hurried, they project his fleeting thoughts onto the viewer. The music, provided by fellow South African Philip Miller, evokes another layer of pathos, as Eckstein’s story unfolds.
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