Can­dice Breitz


Born Johan­nes­burg, South Africa 1972

Lives and works in Berlin

The mov­ing-image instal­la­tions of Can­dice Bre­itz offer nuanced stud­ies in the struc­ture of iden­ti­ty under glob­al cap­i­tal­ism. Through­out her career, she has explored the process by which an indi­vid­ual becomes them­self in rela­tion to a larg­er com­mu­ni­ty. She explores the influ­ences of pop­u­lar cul­ture and the media on con­tem­po­rary under­stand­ings of the 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, Bob Mar­ley and Michael Jack­son. In such works, she explores how mass celebri­ty affects the devel­op­ment of indi­vid­ual per­son­al­i­ty. Recent­ly, she has turned her atten­tion to ques­tions of empa­thy and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion in the cur­rent high­ly medi­at­ed culture.

Works by Can­dice Bre­itz have been acquired by muse­ums includ­ing MoMA / Muse­um of Mod­ern Art and Solomon R. Guggen­heim Muse­um, New York; San Fran­cis­co Muse­um of Mod­ern Art, San Fran­cis­co; 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.



Available Works

Can­dice Breitz

Pro­file, 2017
three sin­gle-chan­nel videos, colour, sound (looped)
Edi­tion of 25


Artist Can­dice Bre­itz Has Found a Cre­ative Way to Protest a Museum’s Link to Refugee Prison Camps

When South African artist Can­dice Breitz‘s work Love Sto­ry goes on view at the […]

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The Nation­al Gallery of Vic­to­ria, think­ing ahead

Excerpt: The NGV Tri­en­ni­al, which opened at the Nation­al Gallery of Vic­to­ria on Friday […]

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

Steve Mar­tin is fill­ing in for Jon Faine. His co-host is Dr Helen Szoke […]

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

South African artist is cam­paign­ing against gallery’s con­tract with Wil­son Secu­ri­ty and its involvement […]

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

Can­dice Bre­itz reti­tled one of her pieces​“Wil­son Must Go” in protest of the […]

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Can­dice Bre­itz: Video storyteller

Bob Mar­ley. Sarah Ezzat Mar­di­ni. Michael Jack­son. José Maria João. Madon­na. Mamy Mal­o­ba Langa […]

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Artists rename NGV Tri­en­ni­al works to protest gallery’s Wil­son Secu­ri­ty contract

As the Nation­al Gallery of Vic­to­ria unveiled its first Tri­en­ni­al of con­tem­po­rary art to […]

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Video artist Can­dice Breitz

On the eve of the NGV Tri­en­ni­al, artist Can­dice Bre­itz turned a work about refugees […]

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Come face to face with Leonard Cohen in I’m Your Man’

Video artist Can­dice Breitz’s work is incred­i­bly inti­mate. Walk into Melbourne’s Anna Schwartz gallery from […]

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Can­dice Bre­itz: The Medi­um is the Message

For the acclaimed South African artist Can­dice Bre­itz, truth lives in the places where […]

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The NGV Triennial

A new exhi­bi­tion series’ first instal­ment deliv­ers a heady mix of pop­ulism and pol­i­tics Right now […]

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