Candice Breitz is an internationally renowned video artist based in Berlin, Germany. She has spent the better part of her career creating works that examine our relationship to the mediated world of popular culture.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Breitz completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and a Master of Art History at the University of Chicago. In 1997, she completed a Master of Philosophy in Art History at Columbia University in New York, and participated in the Whitney Independent Studio Program at the Whitney Museum. She chose to conclude her studies in 2002, after completing several years of doctoral research at Columbia University.
Her practice centres on a rigorous and time-consuming research period, in which she first selects her “subjects,” ranging from Hollywood celebrities like Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon, unknown individuals, such as fans of Madonna, or even identical twins. She then analyzes, dissects and deconstructs hours of footage from their films, music videos or footage she has shot. Engaging with this raw material, she creates works such as Him (1968-2008) + Her (1978-2008). By isolating, editing and splicing the footage, she removes it from its original context and reconstructs a new composition or narrative based on the reflections and themes that have become apparent to her through her research.