TateShots

William Kentridge: The Head & the Load

The artist talks about the performance piece to commemorate the First World.

Tate Modern joins forces with 14–18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, to commemorate the significant contribution of African men and women in this conflict

The world premiere of this major new work is performed against the dramatic backdrop of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. William Kentridge’s latest project combines music, dance, film projections, mechanised sculptures and shadow play to create an imaginative landscape on an epic scale. It tells the untold story of the hundreds of thousands of African porters and carriers who served in British, French and German forces during the First World War.

find out more

Artist
Artwork

William Kentridge Felix in Exile

1994
Artwork

William Kentridge History of the Main Complaint

1996
Artwork

William Kentridge Cambio

1999
Artwork

William Kentridge Casspirs Full of Love

1989, published 2000
Artwork

William Kentridge Ubu Tells the Truth

1997
Artwork
Artwork