The Department of Film and Media presents a weeklong run of William Kentridge’s 9 Drawings for Projection (2005). This feature-length 35mm film, composed of nine short animated films made between 1989 and 2003, traces the public and private life of Soho Eckstein, a mine owner, land developer, and cuckold, against the ever-changing social and political realities of South Africa. Kentridge (b. 1955, Johannesburg) begins his films with a single drawing that he alters, adds to, and subtracts from, bit by bit, photographing each change. The process of transformation is at once evident and dynamic. Until this US theatrical premiere at MoMA, Kentridge’s films have been shown in the same gallery as the drawings from which the film is photographed. Felix in Exile, the fifth work in 9 Drawings for Projection, can be viewed in this way in MoMA’s second floor Contemporary Galleries.
Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film and Media.