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Factum, 2010

Series of 2- and 3-Channel Video Installations

Candice Breitz Factum Jacob, 2010 2-Channel Installation
Candice Breitz Factum Hawke, 2010 2-Channel Installation
Candice Breitz Factum McNamara, 2010 2-Channel Installation
Candice Breitz Factum Kang, 2009 2-Channel Installation
Candice Breitz Factum Tremblay, 2009 2-Channel Installation
Candice Breitz Factum Jacob, 2010 2-Channel Installation
Candice Breitz Factum Bradley, 2010 Dual-Channel Installation
Candice Breitz Factum Jacob, 2010 3-Channel Installation
Candice Breitz Factum Series, 2010 17-Channel Installation consisting of seven 2-Channel Installations and one 3-Channel Installation Ed. 3 + 1AP

To produce the series of works collectively titled "Factum" (2010), Candice Breitz conducted intensive interviews with seven pairs of identical twins and a single set of identical triplets in and around Toronto during the summer of 2009, footage from which she then edited seven dual-channel video installations (and one tri-channel video installation).

Breitz chose to work with monozygotic twins (and triplets) who spent their formative lives together and who thus draw on shared memories and experience. Each pair of twins was filmed over the course of one long day in a domestic environment designated by the twins – most chose to shoot in the home of one twin, or in their shared home. In each case, Breitz interviewed Twin A for approximately 5–7 hours in the absence of his/her sibling and then directed the same set of questions separately to Twin B. Designed to give each individual the opportunity to narrate his/her own story as s/he chose, the questions covered intimate areas such as childhood, sibling rivalry and family matters, but also zoomed out to allow each subject to address his/her relationship to the world at large. Each pair of interviews was later woven together in the editing studio to create a somewhat stereoscopic dual-channel portrait. As the twins relate their stories, sharp distinctions in their voices, their attitudes, their body language, and their views on the world become apparent. Breitz’s presence is strongly tangible in each twin portrait – her jagged editing style distances the works from the truth claims of conventional documentary, suggesting that the intertwining forces of fact and fiction are always at play in auto/biography.

Director + Editor: Candice Breitz
Assistant Director: Bianca Semeniuk
Camera: Sean Anicic
Makeup: Allison Magpayo
Production Assistants: Manuela Buechting, Sue Johnson, Eva Michon
Post Production: Alex Fahl

Commissioned by The Power Plant, Toronto; Commissioning Partner - Partners in Art, Toronto

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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). Solo exhibitions of Breitz’s work have been hosted by the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), The Power Plant (Toronto), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebæk), De Appel Foundation (Amsterdam), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Castello di Rivoli (Turin) and many 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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