FMAV Fondazione Modena Arti Visive is proud to present Candice Breitz: Never Ending Stories , the largest exhibition dedicated so far by an Italian institution to the South African artist, which will be held at the Palazzina dei Giardini, opening on June 8 at 6pm .
Born in 1972 in Johannesburg and now living in Berlin, Candice Breitz is one of the most internationally known artists and has exhibited her video installations in solo and group exhibitions in museums around the world, participating in the most prestigious biennials. In 2017 he represented South Africa at the 57th Venice Biennale.
Curated by Daniele De Luigi, the exhibition presents three major large-scale installations by Breitz, Love Story (2016), Digest (2020) and Labor (2020, still ongoing), reflecting on the crucial role that storytelling plays in construction of lived reality and offering the possibility of alternative future realities.
The exhibition offers visitors a momentary escape from the temporal acceleration that we experience every day, typical of the attention economy, lengthening and deforming our relationship with time, and offering refuge from the vortex of news that surrounds us and from the continuous scrolls in social media, which have become our tool for understanding and measuring the world.
Love Story , which consists of a film screening and more than twenty hours of very intimate interviews, asks us to consider the loss of nuance and empathy that occur when complex stories are condensed and shortened to serve ever shorter attention spans. Structured in a seven-channel video installation, it explores, articulating itself in a double space, the conditions through which the feeling of empathy is produced. Evoking the theme of the global refugee crisis, the work develops thanks to talks with six people who have left their homeland for different reasons. I'm Sarah Mardini , escaped from the war in Syria, José Maria João , a former Angolan child soldier, Mamy Maloba Langa , survivor of a rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Shabeena Saveri , Indian transgender activist, Luis Nava Molero , political dissident from Venezuela and Farah Abdi Mohamed , a young Somali atheist.
In the first room, fragments of the interviews appear re-enacted by Hollywood actors Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore and edited, while in the second space the interviews are projected in their entirety.