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William Kentridge and Tevereterno

 

William Kentridge and Tevereterno, Triumphs and Laments

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William Kentridge in his studio. Photo by Kristin Jones. Courtesy of Tevereterno.

William Kentridge in his studio. Photo by Kristin Jones. Courtesy of Tevereterno.

 

Extending along the Tiber River in Rome, William Kentridge’s Triumphs and Laments is a procession of figures — some more than 30 feet high — depicting historical scenes of war, love, oppression, and resilience. Supported by hundreds of Kickstarter backers, local non-profit Tevereterno turned the artist’s charcoal drawings into massive stencils, which were applied to the tarnished walls of the river embankment and then pressure-washed to reveal a series of silhouettes. For the opening on April 21, 2016, Kentridge collaborated with composer Philip Miller and more than 200 volunteers to activate the mural with live music and a dramatic play of shadows. Over time, the stone surface will return to its natural color, and Triumphs and Laments will slowly fade away.

 
View from across the Tiber, April 12, 2016. Photo by S. Luciano. Courtesy of Tevereterno.

View from across the Tiber, April 12, 2016. Photo by S. Luciano. Courtesy of Tevereterno.

Biker with Winged Victory, May 7, 2016. Photo by S. Luciano. Courtesy of Tevereterno.

Biker with Winged Victory, May 7, 2016. Photo by S. Luciano. Courtesy of Tevereterno.