William Kentridge – the making of the Triumphs and Laments Woodcut series

The David Krut Workshop presents a sneak peak into how William Kentridge’s large scale woodcut prints from the Triumphs and Laments Woodcut series are made in the David Krut Workshop.

Filmed and edited by: Naomi Boobyer

Music: João Orechia’s Motèl Mari, ‘Just like a King’

In January 2016 Kentridge also began discussions with a long-time collaborator, Master Printer Jillian Ross of David Krut Workshop (DKW), about using these drawings as the basis for a series of large woodcut prints. Ross and her assistants Sbongiseni Khulu and Chad Cordeiro began extensive tests on a grouping of three figures from the frieze as this would be their first woodcut project with Kentridge.

The printing team worked on creating and editioning the first two woodcuts in the series, Mantegna and The Flood. February 2017 saw the completion of the third woodcut, Lampedusa, and the fourth image, That which we do no remember was completed in October 2017. The final woodcut Refugees was completed in 2019.

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