In work made over the past five decades, William Kentridge has parsed and questioned the historical record—responding to the past as it ineluctably shapes our present—and in doing so, has created a world that mirrors and shadows our own. Kentridge seeks to make sense of the world and the construction of meaning; his work brings viewers into an awareness of how they see the world and navigate their way to more conscious seeing and knowing.
Opening 17 March, Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong will present “Weigh All Tears,” an exhibition organised working closely with Goodman Gallery. This is Kentridge’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong and the first project between Hauser & Wirth and this Johannesburg-based artist. The exhibition takes its title from a new six-metre-wide triptych of the same name, where silhouetted figures form a procession against a collage of maps of Africa and archival documents.
“Weigh All Tears” is a phrase that cycles through Kentridge’s work, one of an evolving miscellany of phrases that recur in his work. They are “unsolved riddles, phrases which hover at the edge of making sense... fragments of sentences which sit in a drawer of phrases used in other work over the years. On occasion, they get taken out and sorted through.”
Also on view in the exhibition are a series of bronzes made in 2021 and cast at Workhorse Foundry in Johannesburg.
Note: Due to the current restrictions in Hong Kong, the gallery is temporarily closed to the public but you can see the show online now.
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