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Monuments, 2007


Candice Breitz's Monument Series gives fans of pop idols like Marilyn Manson, Britney Spears or Abba their own stage. The large-format photo portraits show fan families in their individual diversity as well as in their shared enthusiasm. The idols are mass media material that the protagonists of the portraits appropriate, interpret, and thus bring into their own lives.

"Whether you like it or not, in our urban culture today you encounter Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake or David Beckham everywhere, in the supermarket, on billboards, you breathe it in, you ingest it with your food. (...) Everyone should have the right to use this material."

Candice Breitz, Britney Spears Monument, Berlin, September 2007, 2007, digital C-Print on Diasec, 180 x 428.6 cm, ed. of ​​​​​​​6 + 2AP

digital C-Print on Diasec
180 x 428.6 cm
ed. of 6 + 2AP

Candice Breitz, Grateful Dead Monument, Berlin, September 2007, 2007, digital C-Print on Diasec, 180 x 419.6 cm, ed. of ​​​​​​​6 + 2AP

digital C-Print on Diasec
180 x 419.6 cm
ed. of 6 + 2AP

Candice Breitz, Abba Monument, Berlin, June 2007, 2007, digital C-Print on Diasec, 180 x 358.4 cm, ed. of ​​​​​​​6 + 2AP

digital C-Print on Diasec
180 x 358.4 cm
ed. of 6 + 2AP

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Candice Breitz

Candice Breitz, born in 1972 in Johannesburg, is best known for her moving image installations. Throughout her career, she has explored the dynamics by means of which an individual becomes him or herself in relation to a larger community, be that community 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 popular culture. 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 adversities. Candice Breitz is based in Berlin and, since 2007, holds a professorship for fine arts at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK) and in the same year was awarded with the Prix International d´Art Contemporain I Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco. Her work has been featured in international group shows in institutions such as Haus der Kunst, München (2023), Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (2022), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2021), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (2021), the Jewish Museum, New York City (2020), the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2016), De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam (2001). Solo exhibitions of Breitz’s work have been shown at Fotografiska, Berlin (2023), Tate Liverpool (2022), Museum Folkwang, Essen (2022), Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2016), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2010), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2009) , Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005) among others. Next to various group exhibitions Breitz has participated in biennales in Johannesburg (1997), São Paulo (1998), Istanbul (1999), Taipei (2000), Kwangju (2000), Tirana (2001), Venice (2005), New Orleans (2008), Göteborg (2003 + 2009), Singapore (2011) and Dakar (2014). She was invited to the South African Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017).

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