A major touring exhibition featuring the work of the South African artist William Kentridge is coming to the Whitworth in September 2018. Thick Time combines expressionist drawing, tapestry, music, film projection and sculpture. The works are inspired by life in his home country, both in the apartheid and post-apartheid eras. The themes of revolution, exile, and utopian aspirations permeate his works, as do broader influences including early cinema, opera, and scientific theories. The exhibition brings together five moving image works, including the artist’s immersive audio-visual installation ‘The Refusal of Time’, which explores the technology of time-keeping and string theory – created in dialogue with physicist Peter Galison. ‘Thick Time’ has been expanded for the Whitworth, with the inclusion of two additional large-scale tapestries and a selection of Kentridge’s studio drawings, presented in an environment designed by his long-term collaborator Sabine Theunissen.

Fri 21 Sep – Sun 3 Mar 2019, The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER, Tel: 0161 275 7450, 10am – 5pm, FREE, whitworth.manchester.ac.uk

Fri 21 Sep - Sun 3 Mar
A. James Simpkin
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Mon 19 Nov 2018