Full Feature: William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible

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Watch the full William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible program in its entirety. (53:12)

Released: October 22nd, 2010

17 Responses to “Full Feature: William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible

  1. albert says:

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  2. Mme Konkokto says:

    can anyone please tell me who made and sang the LALALA music during the first few minutes of this feature ? I remember Kentridge mentioned the artist’s name later in that documentary, cause she sang another song, but I can’t find that passage again ! I’d be eternally grateful. please comment on my website, if you can.

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    • The song is performed by Johannesburg street musician Alfred Makgalemele, and was featured in William Kentridge’s 1999 work, Shadow Procession.

      Makgalemele’s music is also playing over the end credits of our film, and you can catch a glimpse of him performing in Kentridge’s studio as the credits roll.

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  3. Barbie Hooper says:

    I have felt an enormous range of emotions during Mr Kentridges presentation. I have wept at the loss and degradation depicted. At the same time I am totally absorbed with his description of his methiod of thinking and doing his art. Completely inspiring and uplifting!

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  4. Analog Mojo says:

    This is an amazing presentation by an incredibly unique and insightful artist. It was wonderful to watch and listen to his creative process. That being said I must also say that I was deeply disappointed to see his awareness of the intense,insane & inhumane world surrounding his art apparently hasn’t changed the way he functions in it. While addressing these issues through images, he didn’t seem to address them in his own life. The more credited aspects of his productions- assistants, set artists, etc- are dominated by European faces and the strongest presence of African people exists in the background as they are employed as weavers in a scene that looks hauntingly like a modern day plantation, complete with singing Negroes. This doesn’t negate the quality of his work, but I do feel it represents a failure to integrate his creative-intellect into practical reality and I am sad to see that opportunity to directly use his talents to create a larger artistic and social impact wasted.

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    • jg says:

      Dear Analog Mojo,

      I can see how you could make those observations about how Kentridge functions within his art holistically, and be disappointed. However, it seems fair to make mention that some of your observations make quite a few assumptions given the tiny view of his life we receive from this 53 minute film that focuses on the work. Obviously, there is quite a narrative of William Kentridge we do not receive. Though we see European faces working alongside of him, we know nothing of their heritage, connection to him or to his themes. And it was actually beautiful to me to see the African women working on the tapestry. Surely there are numerous other ways the tapestry could have been made. He could have used white art students. Or imported people to his studio to work on it. Rather, it appears he handed this work to women in Africa who know what they’re doing. By having them work on the tapestry, he was very tangibly building back into this culture which is dear to him in his work, and undoubtedly his life. And just curious what is so haunting about “singing Negroes?” aka the African women who were at work and singing while they do? Maybe they would say the same thing about a bunch of white people with headphones on in their cubicles. They also seemed quite integral to the piece. I would have stumbled over myself had I the opportunity to work on a Kentridge tapestry. Those women were integral to the work. Not at all in the background – they are at least on par with other assistants we viewed here.

      All I’m saying is that it would be a shame to make such a large assumption about this artist’s failure to integrate into his life the themes he is working with when obviously this little video is not enough to go off of. If I just take this video as my cue, the presence of Kentridge himself hints toward someone who has done more personal work than any onlooker could gather–and to me that seems to be expressed in his work and life. One cannot be that present and compassionate in his work and not be in his life. If you are an artist, you understand this weaving of life and work. By the way, did you see the immensely gifted opera singer in the beginning? That seemed like a pretty important role to play in an artists’ work.

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  5. Kinas Lt says:

    Very impressive video, now i will do much more in my life.

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