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Taking PlaceLocation and the Moving Image$
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John David Rhodes and Elena Gorfinkel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665167

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665167.001.0001

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The Placement of Shadows: What’s Inside William Kentridge’s Black Box/Chambre Noire?

The Placement of Shadows: What’s Inside William Kentridge’s Black Box/Chambre Noire?

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(p.233) 10 The Placement of Shadows: What’s Inside William Kentridge’s Black Box/Chambre Noire?
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Taking Place
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Frances Guerin

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665167.003.0010

This chapter argues that intransigence, concretion, and elements of permanence are always the sturdy foundation of much of William Kentridge’s work. Many of his films, drawings, and installations are motivated by a colonialism that he demonstrates to be deeply entrenched in the historical, cultural, and political landscapes that surround the work. Though Kentridge is committed to the representation of colonialism in South Africa, there is also a more universal discourse on colonialism that pervades his works. The chapter analyzes Black Box/Chambre Noire (2005), an installation commissioned by the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, in this light. The installation offers a unique opportunity to consider how place infuses the meaning of a work, even when the work does not directly point to that place.

Keywords:   William Kentridge, colonialism, South Africa, Black Box, Chambre Noire

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