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Perhaps best known for his stop-motion charcoal-drawing animations depicting the sociopolitical convolutions within contemporary postcolonial society in South Africa, Johannesburg artist William Kentridge interrogates Performa 17’s historical research theme of Dada in this new performance based on Kurt Schwitters’s seminal 1932 sound poem Ursonate.
The multimedia artist mixes film, drawing, and sculpture in his practice; this is his second Performa Commission. Recent solo exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, MoMA, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His theater performances, created with Cape Town’s Handspring Puppet Company, have been presented at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Metropolitan Opera House, and Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris.
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Image credit: William Kentridge, Ursonate, 2017. Photos © Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa.
Curated by RoseLee Goldberg. Supported by the Ford Foundation, Liza Essers /Goodman Gallery, the Performa Commissioning Fund and the Performa 17 South African Pavilion Committee.