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Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale Ocula Conversation Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the largest Francophone nation in Africa with vast resources and nearly 80 million inhabitants, is a place where commodities play a vital role in the national economy and the country's significance on the world stage. This is the context from which the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale (24 October–24 November...

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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline Ocula Report
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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline 13 Dec 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

From 20 to 21 July 2019, Artspace Sydney held a two-day symposium that brought artists in conversation with leading curators, writers, activists, academics, diplomats, and journalists from across Asia. The symposium was the final chapter of the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS exhibition, publication, website, and Instagram project. Instigated and...

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U.K. Election Artist Nicky Hirst Reflects on ‘Fractured and Febrile’ Campaign Ocula News U.K. Election Artist Nicky Hirst Reflects on ‘Fractured and Febrile’ Campaign 13 December 2019

Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won an overwhelming majority in yesterday's U.K. General Election despite the efforts of artists such as Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley , who came out publicly in support of Labour. Official U.K. General Election Artist Nicky Hirst couldn't comment on the result—the role requires her to remain neutral...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy. Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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b. 1972, South Africa

Candice Breitz Biography

Through her pointed and deftly edited video installations, Candice Breitz looks at the stereotypes and visual conventions in film and popular culture. These videos often explore the relationship between the god-like presence of pop stars and actors, and their awestruck fans.

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For her acclaimed two-part video installation Mother and Father (2005), Breitz extracted segments of mothers and fathers from Hollywood films such as Kramer vs Kramer, Mommie Dearest, and Postcards From the Edge. By isolating tiny episodes of dialogue, and presenting them as if there was a single narrative thread running through their performances, she transformed their behaviour into a chorus of parental breakdown. Breitz has also examined the status of pop stars in works such as Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) (2005), King (A Portrait of Michael Jackson) (2005) and Legend (A Portrait of Bob Marley) (2005). In these works, Breitz gathered fans by posting advertisements in newspapers and fan websites, and then they were asked to sing their way through a key album. Shot in screen-test mode and presented as a choral grid over a wall of TV screens, these installations are both compelling and toe-curlingly difficult to watch, affectionate glimpses into the power structures inherent in mass media and its passionate consumers.

Breitz’s interest in the alternating modes of desire and repulsion that shift between lovers, fans and celebrities is also present in Factum, which looks at the intensity of these forces between identical twins. Each Factum is presented as a diptych (and one triptych), with each twin or triplet beside his or her sibling, dressed almost identically and in the same setting. Through candid, often emotional responses, they reveal the strangeness, joys and difficulties of living one's life in parallel to someone who shares your exact genetic code. While the initial interview allowed each twin or triplet to tell his or her own story unencumbered by the presence of a sibling, Breitz complicates this relationship in the finished work by introducing the other twin as an interlocutor who offers a different perspective, with the artist also implicitly present as a third 'author' to the biographies. Through this format, Breitz underlines how any biography becomes a negotiation between various relationships, circumstances and desires - not to mention one's genetic heritage.

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Candice Breitz was born in 1972 in Johannesburg, and currently lives and works in Berlin. Solo exhibitions include You + I, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev and Factum, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio (2011), Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (2010), the Power Plant, Toronto and the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2009), Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin (2008), Louisiana, Humblebaek, Denmark (2008), Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2005), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2004), Modern Art Oxford (2003) and De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam (2001). She has participated in many major exhibitions including the 11th Singapore Biennial (2011), Performa 09, New York and Göteborg International Biennial, Sweden (2009), and Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2007) Kunsthalle Mannheim and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2006) and 51st Venice Biennale (2005), Kwangju Biennale, Korea and Taipei Biennale (2000) , 6th Istanbul Biennial (1999), XXIV São Paulo Biennial (1998), Johannesburg Biennale (1997).

Candice Breitz Featured Artworks

I’m frightened of the house… I’m frightened of myself too, (Excerpted from the Digest Archive) by Candice Breitz contemporary artwork
Candice BreitzI’m frightened of the house… I’m frightened of myself too, (Excerpted from the Digest Archive), 1944–2019 25-channel video installation: 5 shelves, 25 videotapes in polypropylene sleeves, paper, acrylic paint
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Profile by Candice Breitz contemporary artwork
Candice BreitzProfile Single channel video
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Extra #8 by Candice Breitz contemporary artwork
Candice BreitzExtra #8, 2011 Chromogenic print
56 x 84 cm
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Candice Breitz Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Wretched of the Screen at Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
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25 June–24 August 2019 Group Exhibition The Wretched of the Screen Goodman Gallery, Cape Town

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Doryun Chong Ocula Conversation Doryun Chong

Doryun Chong is Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong’s super museum for visual culture. Prior to joining M+, Chong was Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and prior to that, he was a curator in the visual arts department at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center from 2003 to 2009. At MoMA, Chong...

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Doryun Chong Ocula Conversation Doryun Chong

Doryun Chong is Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong’s super museum for visual culture. Prior to joining M+, Chong was Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and prior to that, he was a curator in the visual arts department at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center from 2003 to 2009. At MoMA, Chong...

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Candice Breitz In Related Press

SIX STORIES, TWICE RETOLD Related Press SIX STORIES, TWICE RETOLD Interview Magazine : 25 May 2017

At the 57th Venice Biennale's South African Pavilion, Candice Breitz offers a set of stories, ones we're perhaps less inclined to listen to than we'd readily admit. The tales belong to six refugees whom Breitz interviewed on camera, and are delivered by the subjects themselves as well as through a retelling by Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore. When...

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Giardini Pavilion Highlights from the 57th Venice Biennale Related Press Giardini Pavilion Highlights from the 57th Venice Biennale Whitewall : 11 May 2017

JAPANESE PAVILION , Takahiro Iwasaki: Turned Upside Down, It's a Forest Takahiro Iwasaki has created a multifaceted spatial experience of viewing the Itsukushima Shrine located in Hiroshima, where the artist was born, raised, and continues to work. Viewers can see the site from the perspective of a bird, insect, or fish, skewing the...

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Breitz critiques film industry in video art Related Press Breitz critiques film industry in video art The Boston Globe : 13 January 2015

“Will there be a day when I wake up completely hollow and empty?” a child ponders. In one portion of Candice Breitz’s charged video installation The Woods , at the Peabody Essex Museum, six young Indians appear on six screens, each perched on a chair in a hotel room/film set, dropping big thoughts about life and the cinema....

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Art Space Germany Related Press Art Space Germany CCTV / 29 November 2014 : 1 December 2014

Beijing is also playing host to an event that looks to create bridges of understanding through the fusion of cultures. An exhibition featuring German contemporary art has kicked off in the Chinese capital. What makes this exhibit special is that all the works selected and brought to China are by foreign artists living in Germany. Titled "Art...

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