Thick Time is the brilliant exhibition on at The Whitechapel Gallery at the moment, running until 15th January 2017. William Kentridge is a South African artist who is well known for his animated sketches and collages which explore the troubled history of South Africa, themes of time and colonialism.
I first came across his work at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition last year where his striking collages were given a whole room to themselves. His monochrome, Indian ink depictions of African trees were all the more arresting for their composition on torn out and reassembled dictionary pages. Bold, stark lines of Indian ink contrast with the delicate spidery words on the dictionary pages and I was totally drawn in.
Kentridge’s father, a High Court Judge and champion of victims of apartheid, represented Mandela at his trial and strong political themes run throughout his works which are both disquieting and thought-provoking.
Thick Time has 6 major installations using music and film and a room of collaged tapestries which are provocative and playful. It’s a fantastic gallery and these installations use the space so well. If you’re looking for an escape from the Christmas shoppers, I can highly recommend!