Candice Breitz


Born Johannesburg, South Africa 1972
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany


Candice Breitz is known for her moving-image installations offering nuanced studies in the structure of identity under global capitalism. Throughout her career, she has explored the process by which an individual becomes him or herself in relation to a larger community and the influence of popular culture and the media on contemporary understandings of self.

Breitz came to international prominence with a suite of group video portraits depicting fans singing songs by musical icons such as Madonna, John Lennon and Michael Jackson. In these works, she explores how the development of our character is affected by our identification with celebrity figures. Recently, the artist has turned her focus to the production of empathy and identification in today’s highly mediated culture.

Works by Breitz have been acquired by museums including MoMA / Museum of Modern Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (both in New York), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), FNAC / Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (France), Castello di Rivoli (Turin), Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg), M+ / Museum of Visual Culture (Hong Kong), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein (Vaduz), MONA / Museum of Old and New Art (Tasmania), QAGOMA / Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), and MAXXI / Museo Nazionale Delle Arti del XXI Secolo (Rome).




Artist website


Candice Breitz

I’m Your Man (A Portrait of Leonard Cohen)

Candice Breitz

Working Class Hero (A Portrait of John Lennon)
, Carriageworks

Recent Works

Candice Breitz

Factum Tremblay
, 2009
Two channel digital video, 9:16, colour, sound
78 minutes 8 seconds

Candice Breitz

Factum Kang
, 2009
Two channel digital video, 9:16, colour, sound
69 minutes 10 seconds

Candice Breitz

Factum Jacob
, 2009
Two-channel digital video, 9:16, colour, sound
63 minutes and 49 seconds

Candice Breitz

Factum Bradley
, 2009
Two-channel digital video, 9:16, colour, sound
78 minutes, 10 seconds

Candice Breitz

Working Class Hero (A Portrait of John Lennon)
, 2006
25-channel installation, 9:16, colour, sound
Edition of 6
39 minutes 55 seconds


The National Gallery of Victoria, thinking ahead

From The Australian, 19 December 2017
by Matthew Westwood

Excerpt: The NGV Triennial, which opened at the National Gallery of Victoria on Friday, marks the culmination of several years of planning and is a sign of the strategic course the institution is on. Its forerunner was the Melbourne Now exhibition, which opened four years ago and brought together contemporary art, architecture and design in […]

Artists Protest Australian Museum’s Deal with Security Firm that Allegedly Abused Asylum-Seekers

From Hyperallergic, 15 December 2017
by Benjamin Sutton

Candice Breitz retitled one of her pieces “Wilson Must Go” in protest of the National Gallery of Victoria’s contract with Wilson Security, a company shown to have committed human rights abuses at Australian detention centers.   Earlier this week, the South African artist Candice Breitz changed the title of one of her works to protest that the Australian […]

The Conversation Hour: Artist Candice Breitz renames NGV exhibit ‘Wilson Must Go’

From ABC Radio Melbourne, 14 December 2017
by Steve Martin

Steve Martin is filling in for Jon Faine.  His co-host is Dr Helen Szoke, the Chief Executive of Oxfam Australia. Helen was the Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner, and Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner. She recently returned from visiting Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar (Bangladesh, where they have fled from Myanmar). … Their […]

Candice Breitz renames video installation at National Gallery of Victoria’s Triennial to protest against Australia’s treatment of refugees

From The Art Newspaper, 13 December 2017
by Tim Stone

South African artist is campaigning against gallery’s contract with Wilson Security and its involvement with country’s offshore detention facilities   Just three days ahead of the opening of the National Gallery of Victoria’s inaugural Triennial exhibition, the South African artist Candice Breitz has renamed her video installation LOVE STORY to WILSON MUST GO in response to the […]

Candice Breitz Renames Venice Biennale Commission to Protest Mistreatment of Refugees

From Artnet News, 12 December 2017
by Sarah Cascone

When South African artist Candice Breitz‘s work Love Story goes on view at the National Gallery of Victoria this week, it will have a new name: Wilson Must Go. Breitz is rechristening the seven-channel video piece—which features actors Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore recounting the tales of refugees in first person—in protest of the NGV’s current use of the firm Wilson Security, a […]