Azu Nwagbogu, assisted by Tammy Langtry,Â Curatorial Assistant
Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings to Work is aÂ major exhibition byÂ internationally acclaimed artist,Â William Kentridge. The exhibition of the artist’s work is the largest held in Africa in over a decade and is hosted simultaneously in two parts, alongside Norval Foundation‘s Why Should I Hesitate: Sculpture.
Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings To Work at Zeitz MOCAA offers a wide survey of Kentridgeâ€™s work, including early works, as well as newer pieces on view for the first time in South Africa. It will cover over 40 years of artistic production (1976 – 2019) in drawing, stop-frame animation, video, prints, sculpture, tapestry, and large-scale installation.
The title references Kentridgeâ€™s primary practice of drawing and how this core activity informs and enables his studio practice. It also references the impact of individual action on history and the reverse â€“ how history shapes the contemporary and the future â€“ and works as a commentary on various shifting hegemonies of power politics,Â economies, language and the authority to narrate history.
Both exhibitions include major works from Kentridgeâ€™s extensive oeuvre and are accompanied by two new publications, conceived in collaboration between Zeitz MOCAA, Norval Foundation, and the artist. The exhibitions are also accompanied by a series of talks and performances with the artist, and leading voices in the cultural sector.
Listen to the AfriSam Art Audio Tour for this exhibition below: