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I am not me, the horse is not mine (2008)

William Kentridge2008

UCCA Center for Contemporary Art

UCCA Center for Contemporary Art
Beijing, China

This interest in the delusions inherent to idealism is also found in his I am not me, the horse is not mine (2008), a project born out of Kentridge’s 2009 take on Shostakovich’s rarely performed opera The Nose. Combining video and installation with a lecture-like filmic performance, the artwork is an elegy for Russian Modernism in the face of political upheaval, the rise and fall of the avant-garde during the 1917 revolution ultimately revealing the perils of utopianism.

As the artist has noted, “I am not me, the horse is not mine is both a celebration and an elegy–a celebration of the extraordinary creative outpouring unleashed by the 1917 Revolution and its hope and promise of human transformation; and the elegy of the dashing of these.”

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  • Title: I am not me, the horse is not mine (2008)
  • Creator: William Kentridge
  • Date Created: 2008

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