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William Kentridge, Act III, Scene 9, from the portfolio of eight etchings Ubu Tells the Truth, 1996

William Kentridge, Act III, Scene 9, from the portfolio of eight etchings Ubu Tells the Truth, 1996.

Occasional and Residual Hope: Ubu and the Procession

In 1975 Kentridge acted in Ubu Rex (an adaptation of Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi), and subsequently devoted a large body of work to the subject. He began the project with a series of eight etchings, collectively entitled Ubu Tells the Truth (1996). The following year he made an animated film of the same name, as well as a number of related drawings, and the project culminated in another live theatre performance.

Together, these works deal with the South African experience, specifically addressing the hearings set up by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to bring together victims and perpetrators of Apartheid.

Image Credit: William Kentridge, Act III, Scene 9, from the portfolio of eight etchings Ubu Tells the Truth, 1996; Hardground, softground, aquatint, drypoint, and engraving, ed. 44/50; each 10 x 12 in. (25 x 30.5 cm); Printed by Caversham Press, Natal, South Africa, Collection of the artist, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg; © 2010 William Kentridge; photo: John Hodgkiss, courtesy the artist.
 
 
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