William Kentridge

 

Portage

Portage, made in 2001, renders to the page the varied, ragged figures of the film Shadow Procession (1999), and the density, lightness, and purposeful motion of a series of small bronze figures made in 2000. Found rather than designed, the shadow forms take shape in an intuitive process of tearing rough shapes from black paper, turning them to find some suggestion of meaningful form, and then adding other pieces and shifting and adjusting until a particular constellation of pieces takes on a life and history. Conceived for the opening pages of a catalogue, the procession proceeds across the pages of a Larousse encyclopaedia, traversing continents and centuries, the crowding detail of an unreliable world.

 
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