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).




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Candice Breitz

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