A sporadic record of what happens in William Kentridge’s studio, in video, words and images

“There’s a line in the Rilke poem ‘The Panther’ where he talks about the panther going up and down, backwards and forwards in front of the bars; the translation that always sticks in my head is “like a dance of strength around a middle / where a mighty will was put to sleep”. That centre is a gap, terrain that I don’t always try to go through, but the work happens around it. The only way I can talk about it, is by circling it. ‘Will’ has always for me had a double meaning… but it’s that sense of a dance of strength around a gap”. WK Extract from “Footnotes for the Panther: Conversations between William Kentridge and Denis Hirson”, 2017, Fourthwall Books, Johannesburg Video: Extract from the film “Zeno Writing”, 2002
Heaven is talking in a foreign tongue “Sibyl” opens @barbicancentre tonight with performances tomorrow and on Sunday the 24th of April, 2022 Created in collaboration with Kyle Shepherd and Nhlanhla Mahlangu. Stage design by Sabine Theunissen and costume design by Greta Goiris. Photo: Stella Olivier
“From South Africa: Santu Mofokeng, William Kentridge, Banele Khoza” Kunsthaus Göttingen Until 1 May 2022 Group exhibition featuring Kentridge’s early series of prints, “Domestic Scenes” “16 Domestic Scenes”, 1980 Sixteen plates printed on one sheet, from a series of approximately forty plates, made and printed individually Etching with soft ground and aquatint on paper 49.5 x 63.5 cm Unique impression printed by the artist