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"What Will Come" by William Kentridge

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A compelling art installation by South African artist William Kentridge on display at the Auckland Art Gallery.

 

The accompanying exhibit brochure states that this is "an anamorphic film that evokes the 'picture puzzles' of the pre-photographic era. The drawings are distorted by a mirror then reflected back into another cylindrical mirror which 'straightens' the images."

 

The piece was placed in a dark room and the images projected onto the table spun in circles, giving the impression that the table was itself spinning and the images were flying out from the centre cylinder.

 

The soundtrack that accompanied the piece was rather disturbing, as were the images themselves -- scenes from the Italo-Ethiopian war of 1935-36 playing out to the tune of an Italian marching song from the fascist era.

 

Needless to say, it was all very political and dark and violent, and yet utterly fascinating.

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Taken on September 14, 2013