Internationally renowned South African artist Candice Breitz will be showcasing her work in a number of exhibitions across Europe in the coming months. The Goodman gallery, which Breitz is represented by locally, recently announced that the artist is showing work in ten current and upcoming exhibitions.
The artist’s current exhibitions include the solo show Candice Breitz: Love Story at Pylon Hub in Germany, and group exhibitions at OK Offenes Kulturhaus in Austria, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, Fondazione Morra Greco in Italy, and more. Her upcoming group exhibition, Transforming Archives, will be at the Akademie der Künste in Germany and will feature an installation of 1001 sealed VHS cassettes, recalling the influence of this media on the cultural pictorial memory, and reflecting on storytelling as a strategy of survival.
Breitz, who was born in Johannesburg in 1972, is a Berlin-based artist whose moving image installations have been shown internationally. Throughout her career, she has explored the dynamics by means of which an individual becomes themselves in relation to a larger community, be that the immediate community that one encounters in family, or the real and imagined communities that are shaped not only by questions of national belonging, race, gender and religion, but also by the increasingly undeniable influence of mainstream media such as television, cinema and other popular culture.
In 2017, together with Mohau Modisakeng, Breitz represented South Africa at the 57th Venice Biennale. Most recently, Breitz’s work has 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.