The Goodmann Gallery Johannesburg presents DRAWINGS: EAST RAND PROPRIETARY MINES CASH BOOK. The exhibition consists of approximately 45 landscape drawings, mainly made from mining landscapes around Johannesburg by William Kentridge.
The drawings are made on the pages of an old cash book from East Rand Proprietary Mines from 1906 (with a few from other mine ledgers), in which the text under the drawings, either covered or glimpsed, is an important part of the history of the drawing. What is hidden by the landscape? What traces are left in the landscape by the actions upon it? In what way does nature reclaim this damaged ground and erase its history?
The drawings were done over a three year period, and range from the East Rand to the platinum belt. Accompanying the exhibition is a launch of a book which reproduces the drawings and includes a text by Rosalind Morris, Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. Part detective story, part archival history, part anthropological reverie, Morris’s text reads between the lines to find evidence of the vast webs that linked South Africa to other parts of Africa, China, the United States, and Australia in an early moment of the globalizing economy.
Opening: 15 November 2014 at 11h00
16h00 there will be a conversation between Rosalind C. Morris and William Kentridge followed by the launch of their book accounts and drawings from underground:East Rand Proprietary Mines Cash Book, 1906