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Art by William Kentridge. Photo courtesy of youtube.com/watch?v=DpamsEdCbX8

blog by Emily Stoll  • 

Charcoal doesn’t move like that in your grill, but it does in South African artist William Kentridge’s “Drawing for Projection” series.

The latest film in the series “Other Faces” 2011 follows issues in post-apartheid South Africa. It will be screened in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s auditorium at 7 p.m. Sept. 2, and the car crash that opens the film is just a precursor to the underlying conflicts.

White industrialist and land developer Soho Eckstein, Kentridge’s protagonist, lives in post-apartheid South Africa. The arguments begin when he gets in a car accident with a black preacher at the beginning of the film in downtown Johannesburg. This conflict fades out to visit Eckstein’s memory of the preacher and shows “the two men’s fractured understanding of their country’s past.”

In the “Drawing for Projection” series, Kentridge films stages of his charcoal drawings on a 35mm movie camera. His erasure and overdrawing make an interesting display of “steady consolidations” and “frenzied additions” which show wonderfully his continuing theme of “contrary sides of the self.” The work is primarily charcoal but includes blue and red pastel.

The run time of “Other Faces” is 9 minutes and 36 seconds.

About the Artist:

William Kentridge was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1955, where he now lives and works. His films address the issues of apartheid, colonialism and totalitarianism. Though he is best known for his films, he has also used prints, books, collage, sculpture and performing arts. He went on to study at Johannesburg Art Foundation and École internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He has won the Kaiserring Prize (2003), the Carnegie Prize, Carnegie International (2000), the Standard Bank Young Artist Award (1987) and the Red Ribbon Award for Short Fiction (1982), among others. Kentridge has had many solo, group and major retrospective exhibitions.

For more information about “Other Faces” or Kentridge and his other works, visit the Albright-Knox website.

TAGGED: albright-knox art gallery, animation, film, films, william kentridge

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