'I have spent all my life in Johannesburg. School, university, studio, are all within a three-kilometer radius of where I was born. So even when my pictures are set in Paris or New York, in the end they are about Johannesburg—that is to say, a rather bewildered provincial city. These pictures are not all little morals or illustrations of apartheid life. But they are all provoked by the question of how it is that one is able to construct a more or less coherent life in a situation so full of contradiction and disruption' (William Kentridge, in From South Africa: New Writing, Photographs, and Art, 1987).