William Kentridge
Triumphs and Laments: A Project for Rome

Monique Webber
Piazza Tevere, Rome, April 2016 — ongoing
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William Kentridge Triumphs and Laments: A Project for Rome, Piazza Tevere, Rome, 2016.
Photos : Sebastiano Luciano
Piazza Tevere, Rome, April 2016 — ongoing

Rome is a palimpsest of ideas accumulated through millennia of victories, defeats, and the passage of countless lives played out within the city’s walls. Since April 2016, this coexistence of past and present has been physically manifest in Rome’s public space. William Kentridge’s five hundred-metre frieze recreates iconic and iconoclastic images of the city’s past by selectively erasing the patina from the travertine banks of the Tiber River. Inhabiting the intersections of familiar/unfamiliar, tangible/intangible, and authored/collective knowledge, Triumphs and Laments: A Project for Rome invites us to question our ideas of the city.

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