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Puppet Drawing

William Kentridge (South African, born Johannesburg, 1955)

Date:
2000
Medium:
Torn construction paper, tape, chalk, and pins on printed Atlas page, mounted to foam core board
Dimensions:
14 3/4 x 20 3/8 in. (37.5 x 51.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bequest of Alexander M. Bing, by exchange, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.314.1
  • Description

    Kentridge, the son of a prominent anti-Apartheid attorney, is known for his multi-media films and theater sets that make use of hand-drawn, stop-motion animation. A collaborator since the early 1990s in the Handspring Puppet Company, Kentridge often uses silhouetted puppets—two torn-paper examples of which hang here—that become characters in evocative shadow plays of memory and loss. His allegorical works reference the painful history of Africa’s colonization or his own complicity in it as a white in a racist culture. Here, the paper puppets are collaged on top of pages from an 1838 atlas—a time of political upheaval in Europe as well as the first year of the Great Trek, the migration of Boers northeast from British-controlled Cape Town.

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