William Kentridge and Mike van Graan Granted Honorary Doctorates by University of Pretoria

16 Apr 2018
William Kentridge and Mike van Graan Granted Honorary Doctorates by University of Pretoria

Congratulations to PEN SA members William Kentridge and Mike van Graan, who are both awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Pretoria this graduation season.

According to a report in the Citizen,

Professor Vasu Reddy, who is also dean of the faculty of humanities at the institution, said Kentridge first achieved international recognition in the 1990s with a series of what he called “drawings for projection”. He said these short, animated films were based on everyday life under apartheid.

“From there he has widened his thematic range, expanding beyond the local to examine other political conflicts,” said Reddy. “His oeuvre charts a universal history of war and revolution, evoking the complexities and tensions of postcolonial memory and imaging the residual traces of destructive policies and regimes.”

He added: “William Kentridge has been an advocate for the arts in South Africa for decades. His work has been consistently courageous and he is an inspiration to fellow artists and humanists around the world. We are gladdened by this opportunity to recognise and acknowledge his contribution.”

Van Graan will be awarded his doctorate by the institution on 23 April.

(Image from the Citizen, sourced from Gallo Images.)

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