Founder of The Centre for the Less Good Idea
Draftsman, performer and filmmaker, best known for his animated drawings, William Kentridge (b. April 28 1955, Johannesburg) who is to date arguably South Africa’s most well-established fine artists, has enjoyed a central focus in his work of how apartheid values touched and bruised the lives of ordinary South Africans. Habitually conflating his autobiography with that of his own fictionalised characters, he chooses to work in charcoal and ink. In his animations, a single drawing is retouched again and again to create film stills, each new image is a palimpsest bearing signs of the previous drawing’s erasure. “My work is about the provisionality of the moment,” he says,, Kentridge gained international acclaim for his short film series 9 Drawings for Projection (1989–2003). His works are owned by institutions all over the world and he’s hosted numerous solo exhibitions at museums such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art; Vienna’s Albertina Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
PHOTOGRAPHER | Stella Olivier