Candice Breitz, Soliloquy Trilogy, 2000, video stills from 3 short films on DVD, edition of 4 + 2 artist proofs. Courtesy of the artist and Jay Jopling/White Cube, London.
Candice Breitz, Aiwa To Zen, 2003, stills from DVD, 11 min 30 s. Courtesy of the artist and ShugoArts, Tokyo.
Opening September 7, 2007
An exhibition presented as part of the 10th event of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal.
Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal present an exhibition gathering the works of the artist Candice Breitz around the theme Replaying Narrative.
In her photography, video, and other artworks Candice Breitz uses popular imagery as a catalyst to expose the absurdity of how we construct meaning through stereotypes. Through humorous and subversive tactics Breitz strikes out at visual and narrative conventions in film and popular culture. To reveal the essence of our fascination with superstars, The Soliloquy Trilogy (2000), a three-screen video projection, juxtaposes clips of Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry and Jack Nicholson in The Witches Of Eastwick.
For the Soliloquy Trilogy, Breitz isolated a single protagonist from three different films by “cutting and pasting” every scene in which that protagonist speaks. The actors – Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson and Sharon Stone– are thereby made to deliver soliloquies that were never originally intended. This editing procedure dispenses with the storylines of the source films and forces the actors to speak directly to their viewers. The limited evolution of the actors’ roles throughout these edited films transforms the iconic Hollywood figures into stereotypes of themselves. In Aiwa to Zen (2003), Breitz tackled her own cultural biases. Prior to a visit to Japan, she listed the 150 Japanese words that she was familiar with. Once in Japan, she invited a small cast of Japanese actors to act out, employing only those words, sketches based on their daily lives.This very limited vocabulary was composed mainly of terms related to Japanese cuisine, consumer goods and pop culture.The resulting scenes, basically mimed stories devoid of any semiotic coherence, embody in oral terms the simplistic image of Japan that exists beyond its own borders and, as such, represent it as ultimately imagined by outsiders.
Born in Johannesbourg, South Africa, in 1972. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Exhibiting internationally since the mid-1990s, Candice Breitz…Read more