Over the last twenty years, William Kentridge has built a worldwide reputation as a contemporary artist, best known for his series of ten animated films created from charcoal drawings. The films introduced a significant character in contemporary fiction: Soho Eckstein, a Highveld mining magnate and Kentridge s alter ego. Set in his hometown of Johannesburg, the films use South Africa s political transformation from apartheid to democracy as a backdrop to the story while tracing a different and parallel arcSoho s gradual awakening from capitalist blockhead and cuckold to sober penitent, coming to terms with his own frailties and the first signs of his mortality.
In "The Soho Chronicles," Kentridge s brother, Matthew, who has witnessed the evolution of William s technique, themes, and ideas, shares a never before seen perspective on both William and Soho that sheds new light on the creator and his alter ego. Richly illustrated and offering a special feature that connects with smartphones and tablets, "The Soho Chronicles" is a valuable contribution to the study of William Kentridge s body of work."
The Soho Chronicles
10 Films by William Kentridge