New Exhibition: William Kentridge: I am Not Me, the Horse Is Not Mine

Published on 12 September 2023


NEW EXHIBITION: William Kentridge - I am Not Me, the Horse Is Not Mine

One of the most powerful voices in art today

An Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition

A ground-breaking new exhibition is coming to the Glasshouse Regional Gallery, featuring internationally renowned artist, William Kentridge.

William Kentridge is best known for evocative stop-motion videos of charcoal drawings. His art is inextricably linked to the specific social conditions (both past and present) of his home of South Africa while also speaking to broader themes such as colonialism, creativity and the transient nature of identity.

Kentridge emerged as an artist during the apartheid regime in South Africa. Grounded in the violent absurdity of that period in his country’s history, his artworks draw connections between art, ideology, history and memory. Kentridge’s practice reveals the ways in which ideas and images echo across time and between different cultures.

Enormously influential, Kentridge’s artworks can be found in the collections of major museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate, London; Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Haus der Kunst, Munich; and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

In this unprecedented opportunity, regional communities across New South Wales will be able to experience a major work by one of the world’s most celebrated living artists recently gifted to the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The exhibition focuses on a single major collection work – William Kentridge’s I am not me, the horse is not mine – which premiered to critical acclamation at the 16th Biennale of Sydney in 2008. It was then displayed at the Tanks at the UK’s Tate Modern in 2013.

Arguably the most significant work by the artist in an Australian state institution collection, the work was gifted to the Art Gallery of New South Wales by Anita and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis in 2017 and was a centrepiece of the acclaimed exhibition William Kentridge: That Which We Do Not Remember in 2018, curated by the artist himself. I am not me, the horse is not mine is regarded as one of the artist’s most ambitious and celebrated moving image works. Developed out of research for his production of Dimitri Shostakovich’s 1928 opera The nose, it incorporates stop-motion animation, live action, archival video, and a soundtrack by acclaimed South African composer Philip Miller. The large-scale, eight-screen video installation creates a deeply immersive experience for audiences.

This project is proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Create NSW Blockbusters Funding initiative.

Image Credit: William KentridgeI am not me, the horse is not mine2008 (still), Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of Anita Belgiorno-Nettis AM and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis AM 2017, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program © William Kentridge

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