William Kentridge, drawing from Stereoscope, 1998
Stereoscope is an animated film Kentridge created by filming one of his charcoal drawings, erasing and making changes, and filming it again. Each change is given a quarter of a second to two seconds of screen time. The finished film is then displayed alongside the drawing.
Kentridge grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa in the midst of apartheid. He has described his childhood situation as being “part of a privileged white elite that has seen and been aware of what was happening but never bore the brunt of the might of the state”. While Kentridge’s films never literally represent apartheid, the artist claims they are “spawned by and feed off the brutalized society left in its wake.”