Featuring Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore
Love Story, 2016, Featuring Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore
Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Outset Germany + Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
South African Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennial, 2017
Photo: Andrea Rossetti
Courtesy of Goodman Gallery, Kaufmann Repetto + KOW
The installation consists of a large screen in the front gallery and six monitors in the back space. In the back room, six different interviews can be viewed. Each documents the lived experience of a single refugee, their personal narratives of having fled their countries in response to a range of oppressive conditions. Fragments of these interviews are re-performed by Hollywood actors Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore in the front gallery. Via a relatively accessible drama featuring two familiar actors, visibility is created for the personal narratives of the six refugees: Shabeena Saveri, Mamy Maloba Langa, Sarah Mardini, Farah Mohamed, José Maria João and Luis Nava Molero.
Each interviewee talks about adversities, hardships during their escape and current circumstances. Summaries of the biography of each is available in a handout. The work highlights how each had to leave their country due to various reasons such as war, political conflict and issues around gendered identity, etc. Many of them say in the interviews, "I never thought I would leave my country".
Recent works by Candice Breitz have 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. Following the completion of her works Love Story (2016) and TLDR (2017), she is currently working on the third part of a video trilogy that critically probes the attention economy. Breitz has been a tenured professor at the Braunschweig University of Art since 2007.
Selected Works & Awards
|2018||Candice Breitz: Love Story (solo), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA|
|2018||Candice Breitz: Sex Work (solo), Salon Berlin / Museum Frieder Burda, Berlin, Germany|
|2018||FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USA|
|2017||57th Venice Biennial, South African Pavilion, Venice, Italy|
Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art Gallery (8F)
1-13-2 Higashisakura,Higashi-ku, Nagoya
・5 minutes on foot from Sakae-Machi Station on the Meitetsu Seto Line.