William Kentridge "What We See & What We Know Thinking About History While Walking, and Thus the Drawings Began to Move..."
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William Kentridge (b. 1955 in South Africa, based in Johannesburg) began creating his signature ‘drawings in motion’ in the late 1980s. These animated works are created through the laborious process of photographing charcoal-and-pastel drawings with a 35mm motion picture camera, adding new marks and erasures frame by frame to make the drawings ‘move.’ As a continuous record of ceaselessly changing drawings, marks that could not be erased completely are left behind as the animation progresses. These indelible marks contribute a stately air to his expression that could be described as the accumulation of time itself.
The Japanese exhibition — Kentridge's first solo exhibition in the country — is the result of three years of close work between the Museums and the artist himself. 19 film works (including 4 film installations), 36 drawings, and 63 prints will be exhibited, covering the full scope of Kentridge's artistic activities, from the 9 Drawings for Projection (1989-2003), a representative body of work that is centered on the history of South Africa, to I Am Not Me, the Horse Is Not Mine (2008), his latest work based on the Shostakovich opera The Nose.
From 2010-01-02 To 2010-02-14
7 years ago, I was "casually" walking around in the Art Institute of Chicago. Only things I saw there were the things I was used to look at. It seemed like nothing was new to me.
I had been never interested in video installation, but I was a bit bored at the museum, so I decided to stop by an installation room to see what's being shown there.
I saw an animation of rough drawing moving on the screen. I had the least interest in looking at drawings at that time, I thought of stepping out of the room right away. Then the story got me into the scenes of cruel history of South Africa and the forgotten "place" of a successful business man.
As a white South African himself, Kentridge draws himself as an egoistic white South African business man, Soho and Felix who listens to people's suffering voices in South African society. He reminds us of the cruel story behind the wealthy and spoiled white South African's life. What has fattened white South African's life was the sacrifice of so many lives of native South Africans.
Living so far away from there and having such a different life from them, it would be difficult for me to feel the suffer of the people under such an unfair social structure. But Kentridge's drawing merged his strong feeling into my emotional feeling and somehow made me feel so sad, so sad about the things happening in his country.
I was so happy to see his animation works again. There were so many things to see at the exhibition as there are so many things to learn and do in this world.