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The Soho Chronicles
Author: Matthew Kentridge

ISBN: 9780857421760
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 438
Published: 31 January 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 22.2 x 3.3
Over the past two decades, William Kentridge has consolidated a worldwide reputation as an artist of great verve and scope. He is arguably most widely known for his series of 10 animated films drawn over a period of 22 years, and set in his home city of Johannesburg. Originally conceived as a distraction, something to fill the gaps between exhibitions, the films have magnificently exceeded their brief, establishing instead one of the great characters in contemporary fiction: Soho EcksteinHighveld mining magnate, and Kentridge's alter ego.
The timeline of the films covers South Africa's transition from apartheid to democracy. The specific events and crises comprising the country's political transformation form the backdrop to the story unfolding across the screen, but the films are notabout political events. Instead the saga traces 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 mortalityand it is this human quality that gives the films their power and enduring appeal.
Matthew Kentridge has witnessed, from first ...

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