CV115 - William Kentridge, More Sweetly Play The Dance — Érika Nimis
CV115 - William Kentridge, More Sweetly Play The Dance — Érika Nimis
CV115 - William Kentridge, More Sweetly Play The Dance — Érika Nimis

CV115 - William Kentridge, More Sweetly Play The Dance — Érika Nimis

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Ciel variable 115 - The March of the World (Summer 2020)
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William Kentridge, More Sweetly Play The Dance
La marche du monde | The March of the World

By Érika Nimis

William Kentridge’s multi-screen installation More Sweetly Play the Dance, a vast fresco in motion, features a parade whose characters, props, and setting evoke the apartheidera. During the first exhibition of the work at the National Gallery of Canada since it was acquired, Érika Nimis observed that it resonates beyond South Africa, notably through its allusions to communism, inseparable from the anti-apartheid struggle. “Although Kentridge clearly draws his references from the tragic course of history, he does so in order to better explore the march of the world,” she writes, noting that he overturns the codes of historical painting by making the march a loop – “or circular.” Behind the festive, or carnival-like, tone, More Sweetly Play the Dancehas a critical function. “The different figures in the procession stand for the many layers of a single narrative that questions the direction of history – or, rather, its lack of direction.”

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Language: French
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Bibliographical Reference

Érika Nimis, « William Kentridge, More Sweetly Play The Dance &mdash La marche du monde »,Ciel variable, no 115, « La marche du monde », Montréal, 2020, p. 22-31.

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