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William Kentridge

Born, 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa

From the archived Documenta 11 website : www.documenta12.de//archiv/d11/data/english/index.html

“Evocative, expressionistic charcoal drawings on paper and projected as animations, ephemeral shadows of torn-paper figures, the silhouettes of a handful of actors from the Handspring Puppet Company, are the elements that create the “live cinematic image” of William Kentridge’s theatrical multi- media performance Confessions of Zeno. In Italo Svevo’s 1923 novel of the same name, Zeno is a prisoner of his own intelligence, who psychoanalyzes himself in a stream-of-consciousness narrative about the constant need to take position in the politically troubled society that exists after the First World War. By re-situating Zeno’s Trieste in the suburbs of 1980s Johannesburg, Kentridge explores once again the intricacies of growing up and living as a white South African under apartheid. In self-reflecting ventures, the artist experiences the landscapes of the human mind and the spaces and places that are neither neutral nor natural through the medium of drawing.”

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Kassel, Germany