• We 11.09 , 18:00h
  • Th 12.09 , 12:00h
  • Fr 13.09 , 12:00h
  • Sa 14.09 , 12:00h
  • Su 15.09 , 12:00h

Candice Breitz, 2019 © Neuer Berliner Kunstverein/Tobias Zielony


n.b.k. Showroom
Exhibition 12 SEP—25 OCT 2019
Openings 11 SEP 2019, 6pm

Candice Breitz. Labour

Candice Breitz will be realizing a new video work in 2019 in collaboration with Neuer Berliner Kunstverein   which will be shown for the first time in the framework of an exhibition at n.b.k.’s showroom as a world premiere. Since 1971, n.b.k.’s Video-Forum has coproduced works by artists from around the world on a regular basis video, most recently by Halil Altındere and Clemens von Wedemeyer. The video and photo artist Candice Breitz (born in Johannesburg in 1972, lives in Berlin) is an influential chronicler of the contradictions within popular discourse. Her interest is directed at the dynamics of familiar identity formations that she explores by critically using photographs, video clips, or film productions. In her work Love Story (2016), which was shown in 2017 in the South African pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, she explores the relationship between actual painful human experience and its media treatment.

This two-part work explores the complex of flight and persecution and contrasts reports of refugees from Somalia and Syria with the effects used by the film industry that speculate with the emotionality of the viewers. While the actual reports of experience do not engender much empathy when the refugees themselves tell their own stories, they generate all the more emotion when they are performed by actors Juliane Moore and Alec Baldwin in the style of a Hollywood drama. In the framework of the triennial held at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne Breitz renamed the work from ›Love Story‹ to ›Wilson Must Go‹. Serious charges were made against the security firm used by the National Gallery of Victoria, Wilson Security, during the run up to the triennial regarding their approach to refugees, where several artists criticized the contract between the museum and Wilson Security.

Candice Breitz has been professor at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig since 2007. Individual shows include: Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2017); Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2016); Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (2014, 2000); South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2012); Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev (2011); Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio (2011); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2010); White Cube, London (2010); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2009); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (2008); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2004); De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam (2001). Alongside numerous international group shows, Candice Breitz also took part in the following biennials: Dakar (2014), Singapore (2011), Göteborg (2009; 2003), New Orleans (2008), Venice (2005), Tirana (2001), Gwangju (2000), Taipei (2000), Istanbul (1999), São Paulo (1998) and Johannesburg (1997).