Kentridge & Dumas in Conversation| 1hr : 11mins
Director: Catherine Meyburgh | Producer: Jason Hoff & Liza Essers
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: South Africa
"Kentridge and Dumas in Conversation" gives the viewer unique access to these South African, international artists, at a time when their work is growing in appreciation. A visually rich film shows the range of their work in both studio and gallery spaces. In a relaxed conversation, they express their experiences, inspirations and work processes. You come away from this film feeling you have spent a day with 2 fascinating personalities.
Marlene Dumas has been titled â€œthe worldâ€™s most expensive living female artist,â€ after one of her paintings fetched $3.43 million on auction. She expresses her thoughts on this kind of recognition. In her studio, she shares with us some of her rejected works, giving a rare insight into how the artist evaluates her own work. We see Marlene's quick and fluid style in her ink drawing and William Kentridge's fast, decisive animation in his charcoal drawing. They express their ideas on the use of colour, photography, film and the studio space. With a few decisive rips, William transforms a paper nose with legs into an animated horse. William talks about animation - how it changed his approach to drawing while making him work more efficiently.
"In Conversation", William and Marlene talk about their choice of content in reference to self-portraits, pornography, sexuality, the close-up, landscape, politics and death.
William Kentridge's interpretation of Mozart's opera "The Magic flute" as well as other multi media productions have received critical acclaim throughout the world. Both William Kentridge and Marlene Dumas have been represented at the Venice Biennale amongst others and Documenta in Kassel, Germany. Dumas' retrospective "Measuring Your own Grave" opened in Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in June 2008 and moved to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) New York in December 2008. Kentridge's solo exhibition "William Kentridge; Five Themes" which opened in Moma San Francisco in 2009 is currently touring America and will open at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York in early 2010. Kentridge's interpretation of Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "The Nose" will premiere at the Metropolitan opera in the Lincoln center on 5th March 2010.