Monday, October 03, 2005

More on Candice B

Ah, more on Candice Breitz, who was apparently the “surprise hit” of the Venice Biennale, and my reservations at the tail end of that last post seem a bit premature. This show seems to pull the other work into perspective to reveal a much larger project.
The freshest thing in the international group show in the Italian pavilion was South African artist Candice Breitz's film installations Mother and Father, in which she excerpted clips from mainstream Hollywood films such as Mommie Dearest, Postcards from the Edge, and Kramer vs. Kramer, then spliced them together to form her own script and her own narrative.
Like the conductor of an orchestra, she used actors such as Meryl Streep and Shirley McLaine like musical instruments - or, perhaps, better, as puppets - making them appear to be speaking and reacting to each other's words when, in fact, they were acting in different films. from Telegraph
I can’t wait to see this one

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