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The Refusal of Time (still), 2012

5-channel video projection, colour, sound, megaphones, breathing machine
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London
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Whitechapel Gallery
London
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With collaboration of Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison

With collaboration of Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison

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Courtesy William Kentridge, Marian Goodman Gallery, Goodman Gallery and Lia Rumma Gallery
William Kentridge
South African, b. 1955
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In his drawings and animations, William Kentridge articulates the concerns of post-Apartheid South Africa with unparalleled nuance and lyricism. In the inventive process by which he created his best-known works, Kentridge draws and erases with charcoal, recording his compositions at each state. He then displays a video projection of the looped images alongside their highly worked and re-worked source drawings. In this way, his process and aesthetic concerns are inextricably linked with the narrative power of his work, as in his “Nine Drawings for Projection” series (1989-2003), which depicts two fictional white South Africans navigating the ambiguities of contemporary South Africa. With his highly personal and often quiet works in seeming tension with the brutality of his content, Kentridge expresses a profound ambivalence about his native country.

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Whitechapel Gallery
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With collaboration of Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison

With collaboration of Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison

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Courtesy William Kentridge, Marian Goodman Gallery, Goodman Gallery and Lia Rumma Gallery
William Kentridge
South African, b. 1955
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In his drawings and animations, William Kentridge articulates the concerns of post-Apartheid South Africa with unparalleled nuance and lyricism. In the inventive process by which he created his best-known works, Kentridge draws and erases with charcoal, recording his compositions at each state. He then displays a video projection of the looped images alongside their highly worked and re-worked source drawings. In this way, his process and aesthetic concerns are inextricably linked with the narrative power of his work, as in his “Nine Drawings for Projection” series (1989-2003), which depicts two fictional white South Africans navigating the ambiguities of contemporary South Africa. With his highly personal and often quiet works in seeming tension with the brutality of his content, Kentridge expresses a profound ambivalence about his native country.

The Refusal of Time (still), 2012

5-channel video projection, colour, sound, megaphones, breathing machine
location
London
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Other works by William Kentridge
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