What Will Come (Has Already Come)

William Kentridge2007

Biennale of Sydney

Biennale of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

William Kentridge’s art addresses the nature of human emotions and memory, as well as the relationship between desire, ethics and responsibility. He explores the possibilities of poetry in contemporary society, and yet provides a satirical commentary on that society.

What Will Come (Has Already Come) (2007), a film seen in a cylindrical mirror on a table, is composed of revolving images – from familiar carousel animals through to tanks and aeroplanes. I am not me, the horse is not mine (2008) is a multi-channel projected work based on The Nose (1837) by Nikolai Gogol. The work is part of an ongoing interest in the roots and trajectory of modernism: a mixture of the absurd, the self-reflective (and the ‘self-divided’), and the forms of fragmentation that one associates with modernism, its crushing in Russia in the 1930s and the long-term trajectory of the terrors of hierarchy.

Both artworks were presented on Cockatoo Island for the 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008).


  • Title: What Will Come (Has Already Come)
  • Creator: William Kentridge
  • Creator Lifespan: 1955
  • Creator Nationality: South African
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Birth Place: Johannesburg
  • Date: 2007
  • Physical Dimensions: w118 cm diameter (Complete)
  • Provenance: Direction, drawing and photography: William Kentridge; Editing and sound design: Catherine Meyburgh: Music: Dmitry Shostakovich, Piano Trio no. 2, Micheli and Ruccione, Faccetta Nera, music from Ethiopia and Eritrea, composers and performers unknown, Mbila Solo/Love Song/Song to the Emperor; Courtesy the artist; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris; Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg; and Annandale Galleries, Sydney
  • Type: Audio Visual/Installation
  • Rights: http://www.biennaleofsydney.com.au/legal-privacy/
  • External Link: Biennale of Sydney
  • Medium: 35mm film transferred to video, 8:40 mins
  • Edition: 2010: 17th Biennale of Sydney: THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE – Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age

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