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Exhibition Detail
The Character
Federation Square, Flinders Street
Melbourne
Victoria
Australia


December 6th, 2012 - March 11th, 2013
 
 The Audition, Candice BreitzCandice Breitz, The Audition, 2012
© Courtesy of the artist & White Cube (London), Kaufmann Repetto (Milan) + Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg)
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Candice Breitz: The Character is the first major solo exhibition in Australia by internationally renowned South African artist Candice Breitz.

To what extent are our lives 'scripted' for us by the media we consume and other influences that we encounter in our intimate and social environments? Pop music, cinema and celebrity culture converge in the artist's video installations to reflect on how we create, define and perform our identities in a world of mass media saturation.

Through inventively re-edited interviews, fan performances and montaged cinema sequences, Breitz's works present a new take on contemporary portraiture by creating innovative narratives to probe and analyse individual experience.

A major part of the exhibition will be the inclusion of The Woods, a new work making its international debut. Co-commissioned with the Peabody Essex Museum, Breitz's new trilogy focuses on child performers and the performance of childhood to probe aspirations and promises embedded in mainstream cinema.

From adoring Michael Jackson fans re-performing the Thriller album, to in-depth interviews with identical twins and studied re-performances of popular 'rom-com' scenes, Breitz playfully yet astutely investigates the extent to which our lives are constructed by parameters dictated to us by the media, society, and the particular moment in time that we are born into.

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