ABOUT WILLIAM KENTRIDGE
William Kentridge was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kentridge, who is celebrated internationally for his prints, animated films, drawings and theatre productions, continues to live and work in Johannesburg.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and African Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, together with a diploma in Fine Arts from the Johannesburg Art Foundation. As a former aspiring actor, he also studied mime and theatre at the L’École the Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand (2004).
Kentridge’s passion for social justice filters into the thematic concerns of his artistic practice.
The artist undergoes a self- reflexive journey, tracing the effects of Apartheid and Colonialism in South Africa. His animated films are set in the exploited industrial and mining landscapes around Johannesburg. These locations symbolise a history of abuse and injustice.
Kentridge has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally since the early 1990s. Some of his most notable solo exhibitions include William Kentridge: Five Themes at The Museum of Modern Art (2010), The Refusal of Time at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York: 2012) and most recently William Kentridge: Thick Time, White Chapel (London: 2016- 2017). His exhibition, Five Themes was listed in the 2009 Time 100, an annual list of the one hundred top people and events in the world. He has also participated in numerous biennales such as Bienal de la Habana (Brazil), The Venice Biennale, The Sydney Biennale, Bienal do Mercosul (Porto Alegre) and The São Paulo Biennial.
Kentridge has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Standard Bank Young Artist Award (1987), a Carnegie Medal at Carnegie International (1999) and a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres (2013).