Internationally renowned video artist Candice Breitz explores how we create, define, and perform identities in a world of mass media saturation. In her newest work, a trilogy called The Woods, Breitz delves into the cinematic culture of three epicenters of global filmmaking—Hollywood, Bollywood, and Nollywood—to reflect the experiences of child actors and actors who perform childhood. With each section, shot in Los Angeles (The Audition), Mumbai (The Rehearsal) and Lagos (The Interview), The Woods cleverly splices together actor interviews to examine the movie industry's nuanced culture of aspiration and emulation. This book accompanies the solo exhibition of her work, The Woods, a project which spanned three continents and included nearly three dozen performers to produce. With fascinating editorial photographs of the evolution of The Woods, this book makes a wonderful companion to any visit of her work.
The publication accompanies the exhibition Candice Breitz: The Woods on view at the Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston from June 1 through August 30, 2014, and the Peabody Essex Museum from October 11, 2014, through March 29, 2015.
Candice Breitz is Professor of Fine Art at the Braunschweig University of Art.