Michal Rovner


About the Style

One artist's work which bears semblance to Kentridge's in terms of silhouettes in motion is Michal Rovner's 'Panorama' exhibition. 'Panorama' also features masses of people moving across multiple screens in varying directions. In Pace Gallery London's website it discusses Rovner's work evoking 'themes of human interaction, dislocation and the persistence of history, while creating a new level of immediacy by further removing the narrative to its barest and most urgent elements.', Rovner creates a non-narrative where the viewer observes a story with no beginning or end with figures walking endlessly in an abstract wasteland.

For me, they represent human beings' perpetual movement in time, walking in infinite precession whereas Kentridge represents human beings in a procession as they are lead to their eminent death; while the former has no sense of narrative (we do not know where they are walking to or why they are walking) the latter clearly evokes the message of a mass exodus of people due to social, economical and political struggles in Africa.

Michal Rovner's Panorama, presented at Pace London, April 2015

My Thoughts

What is memorable about her installation is that it is melancholic, captivating and mostly existential evoking the idea that despite our individual self, we are just a part of a collective whole, lost and alienated. However, for my project like Kentridge's More Sweetly Play the Dance, ideally it would have a linear narrative which reflects the procession of refugees, they are all walking in the same direction. Furthermore to do this kind of installation in this scale would be difficult to do as it entails to do an animation of tiny figures walking around endlessly. Finally for our installation we plan to take a video of the people in our course to walk in a procession and project that video against a wall.