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William Kentridge - I Am Not Me, the Horse is Not Mine

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Published on Nov 11, 2009

A comic and visually dazzling performance by renowned South African artist William Kentridge, in "I Am Not Me, the Horse is Not Mine," the artist himself gives an unusual presentation related to his current opera-in-progress: a work inspired by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich's satirical opera "The Nose," based on the Nikolai Gogol short story of the same name.

William Kentridge is best known for his drawings, prints, animations and theatrical designs addressing apartheid in his native South Africa. A new major traveling survey—currently at SF MoMA, and coming to NewYork's MoMA in March 2010—considers themes that have engaged Kentridge over the course of his career, including his interest in studio practice, colonialism in Namibia and Ethiopia and, most recently, post-revolutionary Russian history. His work tracks a personal route across the fraught legacy of apartheid andcolonialism through an innovative use of charcoal drawing, prints, collages, stop-animation, film and theater. Kentridge's oeuvre is rooted in Johannesburg -- the city in which he was born and continues to work today. He has gained international recognition for his distinctive animated short films and charcoal drawings. Kentridge has also worked in theater, initially as set designer and actor, and more recently, director. Since 1992 he has collaborated with Handspring Puppet Company creating multi-media piecesusing puppets, live actors and animation.

A Performa Premiere presented by Performa. Supported by Marian Goodman Gallery and Performa Producer's Circle Member Liza Essers.

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