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William Kentridge, History of the Main Complaint (still), 1996

William Kentridge, History of the Main Complaint (still), 1996.

Thick Time: Soho and Felix

The second section of the exhibition is dedicated to Kentridge's best-known fictional characters, Soho Eckstein, an industrialist and real estate developer whose troubled conscience reflects certain miens of contemporary South Africa, and his sensitive alter ego, Felix Teitlebaum.

The centrepiece of this section comprises nine short animated films, a series entitled 9 Drawings for Projection. These films, along with a selection of the drawings from which they are made, follow the lives of Soho and Felix as they struggle to navigate life in Johannesburg during the final decade of Apartheid.

According to Kentridge, the Soho and Felix films were made without a script or storyboards and are largely about his own process of discovery. These films introduced the artist's signature "stone-age animation" style, a process of filming a series of changing drawings made on the same sheet of paper.

Image Credit: William Kentridge, History of the Main Complaint (still), 1996; 35mm animated film transferred to video, 5:50 min.; 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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