Candice Breitz

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Candice Breitz
Born1972 Edit this on Wikidata
Johannesburg Edit this on Wikidata
Alma mater
StyleVideo art, Installation art Edit this on Wikidata
AwardsPrince Pierre Award Edit this on Wikidata

Candice Breitz (born 1972, Johannesburg) is a South African artist who works primarily in video and photography.[1][2] She won a 2007 Prince Pierre de Monaco Prize.[3] Her work is often characterized by multi-channel moving image installations, with a focus on the “attention economy” of contemporary media and culture,[4] often represented in the parallelism of the identification with fictional characters and celebrity figures and widespread indifference to global issues.[5] In 2017, she was selected to represent South Africa at the Venice Biennale.[6]


She currently lives in Berlin, and has been a tenured professor at the Braunschweig University of Art since 2007. Breitz uses found video footage, appropriating video from popular culture.[7] Candice Breitz is represented by White Cube (London), Kaufmann Repetto (Milan) and the Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg + Cape Town). Breitz holds degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Chicago, and Columbia University.[8]


Her 2016 seven-channel installation, Love Story, shares the personal narratives of six individuals who have fled their countries in response to a range of oppressive conditions: Sarah Ezzat Mardini, who escaped war-torn Syria; José Maria João, a former child soldier from Angola; Mamy Maloba Langa, a survivor from the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Shabeena Francis Saveri, a transgender activist from India; Luis Ernesto Nava Molero, a political dissident from Venezuela; and Farah Abdi Mohamed, an idealistic young atheist from Somalia.[9]

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]


Candice Breitz: Love Story, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)[10]

ACMI (Melbourne)
South African National Gallery (Cape Town)
Standard Bank Gallery (Johannesburg)[1]

Pinchuk Art Centre (Kyiv)
Wexner Center for the Arts (Ohio)
Kaufmann Repetto (Milan)

Kunsthaus Bregenz (Bregenz)
White Cube (London)

Yvon Lambert (New York)
The Power Plant (Toronto)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco)
Blank Projects (Cape Town)

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebaek)
Collection Lambert en Avignon (Avignon)
Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Luxembourg)
Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin (Berlin)

MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (León)
White Cube (London)
Prix International d'Art Contemporain 2007 (Monaco) - Winner

Konstmuseum Uppsala (Uppsala)
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead)
Kukje Gallery (Seoul)
Bawag Foundation (Vienna)

Castello di Rivoli (Turin)
Palais de Tokyo (Paris)
White Cube (London)
Sonnabend Gallery (New York)
Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst (Oldenburg)
Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art (Toronto)
Bob Marley Museum (Kingston)

Sonnabend Gallery (New York)
Moderna Museet (Stockholm)
FACT (Liverpool)
Tokyo Wonder Site (Tokyo)

Modern Art Oxford (Oxford)
Galerie Max Hetzler (Berlin)
aspreyjacques (London)
De Beeldbank (Eindhoven)

Artpace San Antonio (Texas)
INOVA Institute of Visual Arts (Milwaukee) Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin)
Museum Folkwang / RWE-Turm (Essen)

De Appel Foundation (Amsterdam)
O.K Center for Contemporary Art Upper Austria (Linz)
Kunstverein St. Gallen Kunstmuseum (St. Gallen)

Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (Geneva)
New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York)
Chicago Project Room (Chicago)


  1. ^ a b White Cube.
  2. ^ Kunsthaus Bregenz
  3. ^ Site, Le. "Prix International d'Art Contemporain | Fondation Prince Pierre". (in French). Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  4. ^ "Candice Breitz: Love Story". Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 2018-03-01. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  5. ^ "CANDICE BREITZ". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  6. ^ "The Jewish Museum". Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  7. ^ Spont, M. (2010). "Analyzing Mass Media through Video Art Education: Popular Pedagogy and Social Critique in the Work of Candice Breitz". Studies In Art Education. 51 (4): 295–314.
  8. ^ "Candice Breitz". Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  9. ^ Russeth, Andrew (2017-05-12). "Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore Address Refugee Crises in Candice Breitz's Piece in South Africa's Pavilion". ARTnews. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  10. ^ "Candice Breitz: Love Story". Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 2018-03-01. Retrieved 2019-03-03.

Further reading[edit]

Perryer, Sophie (2004). 10 Years 100 Artists: Art In A Democratic South Africa. Cape Town: Struik. ISBN 1868729877.

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