Candice Breitz / The Woods / 2013

Candice Breitz / The Woods / 2013
23 February - 30 March 2013
Installation View
Candice Breitz
SABC Minimal , 2012
Digital print on Hahnemühle photo rag baryta paper
Grouping of 5 SABC minimal photographs (# 1,2,3,4,5)
Candice Breitz
SABC Minimal #3 , 2012
Digital print on Hahnemühle photo rag baryta paper
Work: 80.1 x 50.8 cm Frame: 92 x 62.5 x 3 cm
Candice Breitz
Extra #1, 2011
Chromogenic Print
56 x 84 cm
Candice Breitz
SABC Minimal #1, 2012
Digital print on Hahnemühle photo rag baryta paper
Image: 53.5 x 41 cm Frame: 65.5 x 52.5 x 3 cm
Candice Breitz
SABC Minimal #13 , 2012
Digital print on Hahnemühle photo rag baryta paper
26,1 x 19,3cm
Candice Breitz
SABC Minimal #10, 2012
Digital print on Hahnemühle photo rag baryta paper
Work: 65 x 91.5 cm Frame: 76.5 x 107 x 3 cm
Candice Breitz
The Interview, 2012
Dual-Channel Installation

Candice Breitz
The Audition, 2012
Six-Channel Installation

Candice Breitz
SABC Minimal #7 , 2012
Digital print on Hahnemühle photo rag baryta paper
32 x 32cm
Candice Breitz
SABC Minimal #6 , 2012
Digital print on Hahnemühle photo rag baryta paper, Edition of 5
32 x 32cm
Candice Breitz
SABC Minimal #8 , 2012
Digital print on Hahnemühle photo rag baryta paper
35 x 52,8cm
Candice Breitz
SABC Minimal #9 , 2012
Digital print on Hahnemühle photo rag baryta paper
35 x 52,8cm
Candice Breitz
SABC Minimal #12 , 2012
Digital print on Hahnemühle photo rag baryta paper
23,9 x 32cm
Candice Breitz
SABC Minimal #5 , 2012
Digital print on Hahnemühle photo rag baryta paper
Image: 59.3 x 73.5 cm Frame: 70.7 x 86 x 3 cm
Candice Breitz
The Woods, 2012
Including The Audition, The Rehearsal, The Interview

Candice Breitz
SABC Minimal #11, 2012
Digital print on Hahnemühle photo rag baryta paper
65 x 96,9cm
Candice Breitz
SABC Minimal #4 , 2012
Digital print on Hahnemühle photo rag baryta paper, Edition of 5
Image: 39.2 x 44.3 cm Frame: 51 x 56 x 3 cm
Candice Breitz
Extra #3, 2011
Chromogenic Print
56 x 84cm
Candice Breitz
SABC Minimal #2 , 2012
Digital print on Hahnemühle photo rag baryta paper
Image: 64.3 x 89 cm Frame: 75.5 x 101.5 x 3 cm
Candice Breitz
The Rehearsal, 2012
Six-Channel Installation

Candice Breitz / The Woods / 2013 - Installation View

23 February - 30 March 2013

Candice Breitz

SABC Minimal

Candice Breitz

SABC Minimal #3

Candice Breitz

Extra #1

Candice Breitz

SABC Minimal #1

Candice Breitz

SABC Minimal #13

Candice Breitz

SABC Minimal #10

Candice Breitz

The Interview

Candice Breitz

The Audition

Candice Breitz

SABC Minimal #7

Candice Breitz

SABC Minimal #6

Candice Breitz

SABC Minimal #8

Candice Breitz

SABC Minimal #9

Candice Breitz

SABC Minimal #12

Candice Breitz

SABC Minimal #5

Candice Breitz

The Woods

Candice Breitz

SABC Minimal #11

Candice Breitz

SABC Minimal #4

Candice Breitz

Extra #3

Candice Breitz

SABC Minimal #2

Candice Breitz

The Rehearsal

In her first solo show at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, Candice Breitz will present The Woods (2012), a trilogy of video installations that takes a close look at the world of child performers and the performance of childhood in order to probe the dreams and promises embedded in mainstream cinema. This new body of work is being shown for the second time internationally after having its debut at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne in late 2012. Consistent with Breitz’s interest in the role that mimicry plays in the forging of selfhood, and with her ongoing analysis of the circular relationship between real life and reel life, The Woods traverses three continents to explore the rituals and conventions governing the on-camera and off-camera personae of professional child actors, as well as adult actors who have become famous playing child roles. The trilogy brings together footage shot in Los Angeles, Mumbai and Lagos, seeking to observe and grasp the aspirational logic that is shared by Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood.

Engaging actors and crews whose creative labour would ordinarily be subsumed into these three giant popular cinema industries, the three chapters of The Woods bring a behind-the-scenes eye to industries that typically prefer to mask their inner workings. As suggested by their titles – The Audition, The Rehearsal and The Interview – in each of the three installations making up The Woods, a particular show business ritual becomes the locus of meaning through which to more broadly reflect upon and decode the machinery of mainstream entertainment.

The Woods marks the first time that Breitz has cast professional actors – in the past, she has preferred to work with amateur casts. In the case of all three works in the trilogy, the actors were left to make their own choices when it came to self-presentation. All actors appear in clothes and accessories from their own wardrobes and were invited to liberally interpret their roles.

The Woods is a new work that has been co-commissioned by ACMI (Melbourne) and the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, Massachusetts).

Candice Breitz was born in Johannesburg in 1972. She has lived and worked in Berlin since 2002. She holds degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), the University of Chicago and Columbia University (New York). She has participated in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Studio Program and ran the Palais de Tokyo’s Le Pavillon residency as a visiting artist during the year 2005-2006. She has been a tenured professor at the Braunschweig University of Art since 2007. In recent years, solo exhibitions of Breitz’s work have been hosted by museums and galleries such as the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), De Appel (Amsterdam), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Castello di Rivoli (Turin), White Cube (London), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Standard Bank Gallery (Johannesburg) and South African National Gallery (Cape Town). Breitz has participated in biennales in Johannesburg (1997), São Paulo (1998), Istanbul (1999), Taipei (2000), Kwangju (2000), Tirana (2001), Venice (2005), New Orleans (2008) and Singapore (2011). Selected group exhibitions include New Frontier (Sundance Film Festival, 2009), The Cinema Effect (Hirshhorn Museum + Sculpture Garden, 2008), Made in Germany (Kunstverein Hannover, 2007), Superstars (Kunsthalle Wien, 2005) and Remix: Contemporary Art and Pop (Tate Liverpool, 2002). Breitz’s work has been acquired by museums including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art (both in New York), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Fonds national d’art contemporain (France), Castello di Rivoli (Turin), Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg), Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Luxembourg), Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein (Vaduz), Museum of Old and New Art (Tasmania), Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (Rome).

Candice Breitz

Candice Breitz (b. 1972, Johannesburg, South Africa) is an artist whose moving image installations have been shown internationally. Throughout her career, she has explored the dynamics by means of which an individual becomes him or herself in relation to a larger community, be that community the immediate community that one encounters in family, or the real and imagined communities that are shaped not only by questions of national belonging, race, gender and religion, but also by the increasingly undeniable influence of mainstream media such as television, cinema and popular culture. Most recently, Breitz’s work has focused on the conditions under which empathy is produced, reflecting on a media-saturated global culture in which strong identification with fictional characters and celebrity figures runs parallel to widespread indifference to the plight of those facing real world adversity.

Solo exhibitions of Breitz’s work have been hosted by the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), The Power Plant (Toronto), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebæk), Modern Art Oxford, De Appel Foundation (Amsterdam), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead), MUDAM / Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Luxembourg), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Castello di Rivoli (Turin), Pinchuk Art Centre (Kyiv), Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Bawag Foundation (Vienna), Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, White Cube (London), MUSAC / Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (Spain), Wexner Center for the Arts (Ohio), O.K Center for Contemporary Art Upper Austria (Linz), ACMI / The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Melbourne), Collection Lambert en Avignon, FACT / Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (Liverpool), Blaffer Art Museum (Houston) and the South African National Gallery (Cape Town).

Selected group exhibitions include South Africa: the art of a nation (British Museum, London, 2016), Laughing in a Foreign Language (The Hayward, London, 2008), The Cinema Effect (Hirshhorn Museum + Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., 2008), Made in Germany (Kunstverein Hannover, 2007), Superstars (Kunsthalle Wien, 2005), CUT: Film as Found Object (Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, 2004), Continuity + Transgression (National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 2002), Thank You for the Music (Kiasma Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki, 2012), Rollenbilder – Rollenspiele (Museum der Moderne Salzburg, 2011), Performa (New York, 2009), Contemporary Outlook: Seeing Songs (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2009), Remix: Contemporary Art and Pop (Tate Liverpool, 2002) and Looking at You (Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, 2001).

Breitz has participated in biennales in Johannesburg (1997), São Paulo (1998), Istanbul (1999), Taipei (2000), Kwangju (2000), Tirana (2001), Venice (2005, 2017), New Orleans (2008), Göteborg (2003 + 2009), Singapore (2011) and Dakar (2014). Her work has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival (New Frontier, 2009) and the Toronto International Film Festival (David Cronenberg: Transformation, 2013).

Her work has been acquired by museums including the Museum of Modern Art,the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Jewish Museum (in New York), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebæk), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus (Munich), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), FNAC / Fonds national d’art contemporain (France), Castello di Rivoli (Turin), Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg), M+ / Museum of Visual Culture (Hong Kong), Milwaukee Art Museum, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, MUDAM / Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Luxembourg), MUSAC / Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (León, Spain), Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein (Vaduz), MONA / Museum of Old and New Art (Tasmania), QAG GOMA / Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and MAXXI / Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (Rome).

Breitz holds degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), the University of Chicago and Columbia University (NYC). She has participated in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Studio Program and led the Palais de Tokyo’s Le Pavillon residency as a visiting artist during the year 2005-2006. She has been a tenured professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig since 2007.

Candice Breitz lives and works between Cape Town, South Africa and Berlin, Germany.

Recent work can be viewed at: http://vimeo.com/album/259786