William Kentridge: Monument
As a parable of resistance, William Kentridge’s iconic film asks us to pause and consider who has the power to commission statues in our public spaces.
William Kentridge’s work navigates between the personal and the political through his innovative use of drawing, animation and film. Reminiscent of displaced populations around the world, Kentridge’s statue carries his possessions on his back. This is his ‘ecce homo’ – a man, nothing more, squeezed dry. Yet through a single act of defiance, Kentridge’s statue forces the viewer to recognise the essential humanity of the man on the plinth.
South African artist William Kentridge (b.1955, Johannesburg) is renowned for his animated drawings and films exploring time, the history of colonialism and the complexities of revolutionary politics.
This screening is part of Art Exchange’s on-going focus on art and its relationship to power.