documenta X - home June 21 - September 28, 1997
William Kentridge
William Kentridge
Shown in a projection-room in the Museum Fridericianum:

Felix in Exile, 1994
History of the Main Complaint, 1996
35 mm animated film, transferred to video
Born 1955 in Johannesburg, lives and works there.
William Kentridge´s films chronicle the saga of Felix Teitlebaum (a man whose anxiety says the artist, »flooded half the house«) and Soho Eckstein (a high-rolling real-estate promoter). The films are cartoons which result from long and patient application; a week´s drawing gives rise to approximately forty seconds of animation In these melancholic and tormented tales, the outlines of the obsessive events of apartheid and the trauma of the Holocaust gradually become visible. Maintaining an affinity with the work of Max Beckmann, the films take multiple narrative paths, prohibiting any univocal interpretation. (...)

Created in September 1993 and February 1994 just before the first general elections in the new South Africa, Felix in Exile testifies to a deep anxiety: will the victims of apartheid be remembered? (...)

Created eighteen months later during the hearings of the »Truth and Reconciliation« commission, »History of the Main Complaint« (1996) is a reflection on collective and individual responsibility and on latent pangs of conscience at past injustice.

(From a text by Paul Sztulman in the documenta X - short guide)
Further information about William Kentridge on our website:

6th Havana Biennial, 1997

Shadow Procession, 1999
7th Havana Biennial, 2000

Ubu and the Truth's Commission, 1997
shown in the exhibition
The Short Century, 2001
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