Fotograf: Franz Wamhof
William Kentridge portrays a procession of shadowy figures accompanied by a South African brass band. The recurring skeletons are evocative of a medieval danse macabre. The rally and the large red flag are a reference to political demonstrations. The work evokes associations with religious processions and cheerful parades, but also refugee flows. The motif of the procession thus evolves as a universal symbol for movement, political processes, activism and the course of history.
8-channel projection, HD video, 1080p, 4:3, 15:00 min, stereo
Video editing and construction: Janus Fouché | Music composition: Johannes Serekeho | Music performed by the African Immanuel Essemblies Brass Band (under Bishop R. E. Sefatsa) | Vocals: Bham Ntabeni, Moses Moeta | Percussion: Tlale Makhene | Sound mix: Gavan Eckhart | Costume design: Greta Goiris | Choreography and dance: Dada Masilo
William Kentridge grew up in South Africa during the apartheid system. He stems from Lithuanian-Jewish heritage, his parents being attorneys who represented people marginalized by the apartheid system. Kentridge studied Politics and African Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand and Fine Arts at the Johannesburg Art Foundation. In the early 1980s, he went to L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and later worked as actor and director. After he had worked on drawings and prints, Kentridge started producing animation films. These are constructed by filming a drawing, making erasures and changes, and filming it again until a scene is finished. In his works he reflects the history and social conditions of South Africa, in more recent times also the social and cultural grievances which occur with industrialization and political oppression worldwide. In the work process Kentridge superimposes different media, e.g. books, drawing, collage, dance, music, theatrical performance, shadow play, film, computer animation, projection. With each medium change the image is transformed and the result is a complex layering of media and meaning. His works are collected and exhibited by the world’s leading museums. Kentridge has been participant of the Venice Biennale and documenta numerous times.