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"The depiction of my birthplace runs through all my work, and I do not like to portray it as the militant or oppressive place that it was for the blacks. But it does not emphasise the picturesque state of living that white people enjoyed during apartheid either. Instead, I try to represent a city in which the duality of man is exposed," says the 58-year-old artist, whose exhibit Five Themes was included in the 2009 issue of Time 100.
The video is based on an opera by Dmitri Shostakovich, titled The Nose (which, in turn, is based on Nikolai Gogol's short story by the same name) where a man wakes up to find his nose missing. It shows influences of Kentridge's years in mime and theatre. "I have come to understand the fluid motion of characters in theatre. It helps me create animation drawings with that much more accuracy and finesse," he says.
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