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This large drawing depicts a procession of people including crippled and burdened workers, miners wearing helmets with torchlights, and a man in a cloth cap shouting into a megaphone, arranged in an arc-like frieze. The work’s subtitle refers to Haile Selassie’s pronouncement that modern Ethiopia should ‘develop, catch up, even surpass’ the wealth of the Western world. Kentridge’s ironic interpretation of this slogan shows an ungainly parade of the dispossessed marching towards economic development.

November 2007