William Kentridge: Drawings for Projection

Film Screening: November 1, 5-6:30 pm, Weiss Center for the Arts, Room #235

10 DRAWINGS FOR PROJECTION. In 1989, Kentridge began work on a series of short, animated films made during the tumultuous political and social changes in South Africa under the last years of apartheid. The films address issues of human indifference in the face of curelty, repressed memory, nostalgia, and a future without the poetic. Conceived as drawings documented over time, the films were made without a preconceived script or story board. Their subject, however, evolved over the course of the films to focus on the lives of two fictional characters: the Johannesburg mining magnate Soho Eckstein and his antagonist Felix Teitlebaum. For these animated films, Kentridge worked in charcoal, making successive drawings on the same sheet of paper, so each previous mark is erased, but only partially. This technique produces an evocative, palimpsest quality that suggests memory, the passing of time and the act of drawing.

Johannesburg, 2nd Greatest City after Paris (1989) 8:02
Monument (1990) 3:11
Mine (1991) 5:50
Sobriety, Obesity & Growing Old (1991) 8:22
Felix in Exile (1994) 8:43
History of the Main Complaint (1996) 5:50
WEIGHING...and WANTING (1998) 6:20
Stereoscope (1999) 8:22
Tide Table (2003) 8:50
Other Faces (2011) 10:00

Film screening made possible through the courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York City