other faces

Yesterday, HL was lucky enough to meet William Kentridge as we viewed his new exhibition at the Goodman Gallery. Other Faces is the latest in the Drawings for Projection series of videos, which Kentridge has worked on since 1989. He says this particular film, which deals with the manic nature of Joburg’s inner city, is taken from ‘both personal experience and observations’. Over the past 18 months he’s taken his camera into the CBD and shot portraits of Joburgers, who have become the sketched protagonists of the film. Other Faces emerged organically, says Kentridge, with no script or story building, but rather, was influenced by the material he gathered on his trips into town. The resulting film, which is just under 10 minutes long, is an intense, yet beautiful combination of illustration, music (by Philip Miller) and written words. One particularly memorable phrase that appears in the film is, ‘That which is not drawn’. When we asked Kentridge about this, he said that he often muses about everything he draws, in relation to what he doesn’t draw. He says that this film is as much about the images you see, as it is about the gaps between that which is not drawn. The exhibition will open tonight (10 November) at the Goodman Gallery. The video is accompanied by a wide selection of working drawings, which offer a ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse into the making of the video. Each sketch of course makes for a magnificent artwork on its own, but it’s strangely satisfying to identify them while watching the film. Other Faces is on from 10 November – 23 December 2011 at the Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Joburg. 011-788-1113 goodman-gallery.com Text and images: Roberta Coci