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William Kentridge

Ubo Tells the Truth, South Africa, 1997

video art

Born in Johannesburg , William Kentridge a politically and socially active artist, refers to the harsh realities and history of South Africa , apartheid, colonialism and their aftermath. His work transcends explicit political messages, and rather, addresses the human condition and art as an analogue of life. His art spans an interdisciplinary fusion of films, theater, charcoal drawings, prints and animation.

“I am interested in a political art, that is to say an art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures and uncertain endings the contingent way that images arrive in the work, lies some kind of model of how to live our lives."


The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake.
We are not interested in the good of others;
We are interested solely in power.
...One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard
a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of power is power...
...Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.

George Orwell, “1984”