City Gallery

Children's Art

Shadow Processions Inspired by William Kentridge

'Most children draw. I just forgot to stop,' William Kentridge.

The Refusal of Time is a half-hour long, five-channel video installation by the Johannesburg-based artist William Kentridge (and collaborators) featuring processions of shadowy figures projected around the walls. Inspired by this immersive artwork, students devised dramatic silhouettes and performed a shadow parade. They used cardboard and tape to craft their exaggerated silhouettes. Then performed a looping procession behind a giant shadow screen striking poses, creating narratives; walking, dancing, marching to same rhythmic soundtrack that they heard inside the installation.  

William Kentridge, The Refusal of Time, 2014.

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