Proyección “Triumphs and Laments” de William Kentridge

New York, Beijing, Athens, Istanbul, Oaxaca, Dubai, Toronto, Lisbon, Belgrade, Buenos Aires, Leòn, Tallin, Zagreb, The Canary Islands, Israel, Australia, Switzerland and in Italy PAC, Macro, Mambo, Castello di Rivoli, Cantieri della Zisa, Riso and Mart: the film about William Kentridge to be screened simultaneously in contemporary art museums around the world. Finding its most natural location, the film will finally reach its perfect audience, in a unique event to be held between May 15th and July 4th 2017.
Described as the greatest contemporary work of art ever created in Rome, ‘Triumphs and Laments’ features an art film where meanings, suggestions and the languages of Kentridge’s work are
translated into another language, the cinematographic one.
Known for his animations, drawings and theatre plays, for the past 12 years William Kentridge has been working on “Triumphs and Laments”, his colossal tribute to the history of Rome. A 550 meters
long frieze made up of 90 ten-meters high icons, that appears on the banks of the river Tiber and represent the city’s glories, triumphs and defeats: from the murder of Remus to Pasolini, from Bernini to Dolce Vita and the refugee crisis.
“Triumphs and Laments” is bound to disappear in a few years. Because, unlike the Colosseum or the Pantheon, “Triumphs and Laments” is an ephemeral work of art. Kentridge’s icons are shaped on the river’s white travertine bank through a vaporizer, which means that as soon as the organic growth and the pollution darkens the walls again the images will be gone for good, leaving this film as its only memory.
Shot over a period of two years, the film enters the artist’s studio in Johannesburg and follows the rehearsal leading to the grand opening. It traces back the connections that link Triumphs and Laments to Kentridge’s most fundamental themes, such as the refusal of racial discrimination and the complex relationship between landscape and memory.
Directed by Giovanni Troilo and produced by Andrea Patierno and Beatrice Bulgari, in collaboration with Sky ARTE HD, RAI Cinema and Lia Rumma, the film premiered at Rome’s International Film
Festival. Now the distribution process is completed with a small revolutionary element: besides the international distribution and the traditional presence in Festivals and in TV channels, the film will finally be screened in art museums.
Director and producers have worked for years in collaboration with the greatest artists and gallerists with the purpose of creating art films which become “works of art”. A revolutionary process that
allows a deeper comprehension of the artist’s work, now also available to its most natural audience: the one crowding museums all over the world.