Melancholic Constellations: the art of William Kentridge

Ian Mcdonald

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Melancholic Constellations explores the art of William Kentridge, the internationally acclaimed artist from South Africa. In this reflective documentary, Kentridge talks about art-making during Apartheid and in “post Anti-Apartheid” South Africa while preparing for his next major work, The Nose. A range of artists and academics from Johannesburg comment on his art and his position as a global artist. The film moves between Johannesburg where Kentridge lives and works and Brighton where a major exhibition of his work was hosted by the University of Brighton. The views from Johannesburg are interspersed with visuals from the exhibition in Brighton. Carried forward by the evocative music of Philip Miller, Melancholic Constellations provides a unique insight into the personal and political forces that shape Kentridge’s art.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2010
Eventother - Cine-City, the Brighton Film Festival, UK, December 2012; The Centre of the Study of Contemporary Art, UCL, UK, February 2011; Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, July 2011
Duration: 4 Dec 2010 → …


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