Candice Breitz is speaking as part of the Power Plant's International lecture series next Thursday, in the Studio Theatre at the Harbourfront Centre. She spoke at Mercer Union two years ago - we were exhibiting her work Soliloquy (Clint) - and it was one of the best talks we've hosted at the gallery, despite the fact that she had spent three days in transit due to a snowstorm and the airline had lost her luggage and she was wearing borrowed clothes. She's one of my faves. This is not to be missed. Press release below.
Thursday, 1 May, 7 PM, FREE to Members, $10 Non-Members
Candice Breitz is a Berlin-based South African artist who works in photography, video and other media, using popular imagery to expose the absurdity of how we construct meaning through stereotypes. Through darkly humorous and subversive tactics, Breitz scavenges and then synthesizes the overwhelming remains of vernacular media, striking out at visual and narrative conventions to reveal our fascination with celebrity culture. Borrowing from films such as Basic Instinct, The Witches of Eastwick, Dirty Harry, Kramer vs Kramer, and Postcards from the Edge, and investigating the fan subcultures of musicians including Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Bob Marley, Breitz takes a metaphorical scalpel to contemporary culture, revealing levels of intellectual, technical, and aesthetic sophistication.
Born in 1972 in Johannesburg, Breitz has participated in many major exhibitions including the Johannesburg, São Paulo, Istanbul, Kwangju, Taipei and Venice Biennales. She has had solo exhibitions at De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam (2001), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2004), Modern Art Oxford (2003), Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2005), and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005).
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