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Maker: William Kentridge
born 1955, South Africa
Felix in Exile
Date: 1993
Medium: Animated film recorded on videotape
Dimensions: Duration: 9 minutes
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Geography: Johannesburg, South Africa
Object Number: 96-34-5
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Since 1989 William Kentridge has been making short animated films using charcoal drawings that act as film stills which are photographed by the videocamera and then altered by the artist in minute ways to move the story forward. Several hundred distinct drawings may be needed for each narrative element, but as few as 20 might remain at the end of filming. The film shorts explore themes of love and betrayal, oppression and violence, death and regeneration and use obtuse and direct references to the socio-political climate of apartheid to tell their stories, which are set in Johannesburg.

Animated film on videotape composed of charcoal drawings that act as film stills. This film, "Felix in Exile," is 9 minutes long. It is one of six owned by the museum that is part of a collection of 9 films known as "Drawings and Projections." Each are considered by the artist to be individual films.

Currents: Water in African Art, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 2016-ongoing

William Kentridge: Ambivalent Affinities, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois, January 29-May 23, 2010; Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, October 7-December 11, 2010

Illuminations: Contemporary Film and Video Art, Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, June 25-October 8, 2001

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