Internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge’s Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings to Work is open at the Zeits MOCAA.
Held in conjunction to his sculptural exhibition at the Norval Foundation, this is the largest exhibition to be held in Africa in over a decade by Kentridge and presents a wide survey of Kentridge’s work, including early works, as well as newer pieces on view for the first time in South Africa. It further covers over 40 years of artistic production (1976 – 2019) in drawing, stop-frame animation, video, prints, sculpture, tapestry, and large-scale installation.
The title references Kentridge’s primary practice of drawing and how this core activity informs and enables his studio practice. It also references the impact of individual action on history and the reverse – how history shapes the contemporary and the future – and works as a commentary on various shifting hegemonies of power politics, economies, language and the authority to narrate history.
William Kentridge is a South African draftsman, performer, and filmmaker, best known for his animated drawings, whose work examines the years before and after apartheid. Kentridge gained international acclaim for his short film series 9 Drawings for Projection (1989–2003). In 2016, his solo exhibition “Thick Time” opened at White Chapel Gallery in London to critical acclaim, evoking 1920s-era technology and Dadaist collage. He has also directed several operas, most notably the 2017 production Wozzeck. The artist’s works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Goetz Collection in Munich, among others.
Venue: Zeitz MOCAA, V&A Waterfront, Silo District, S Arm Rd, Waterfront
Time: 10am to 6pm | Last entry 5.30pm
Cost: Admission R200