Love Story, 2016
7-channel installation : 7 hard drives
PYLON-Lab is proud to announce its upcoming exhibition LOVE STORY by Candice Breitz, opening June 4th, 2021.
The exhibition will feature the artist’s 7-channel video installation Love Story from 2016 as well as her video series Profile from 2017.
What kind of stories are we willing to hear? What kind of stories move us? Why is it that the same audiences that are driven to tears by fictional blockbusters, remain affectless in the face of actual human suffering?
Love Story (2016) interrogates the mechanics of identification and the conditions under which empathy is produced. The work is based on the personal narratives of six individuals who have fled their countries in response to a range of oppressive conditions.
The multi-channel installation evokes the global scale of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’, evolving out of lengthy interviews conducted with the six participants in the countries where they are seeking or have been granted asylum (two interviews took place in Berlin, two in New York and two in Cape Town).
The personal accounts shared by the interviewees are articulated twice by Love Story: In the first space of the installation, re-performed fragments from the six interviews are woven into a fast-paced montage featuring Hollywood actors Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore (who are cast in the work as themselves: ‘an actor’ and ‘an actress’). In a second space the original interviews unfold across six suspended screens in their full duration and complexity, now intimately voiced by the individuals whose lived experience they archive.
Suspending viewers between the gritty firsthand accounts of people who would typically remain nameless and faceless in the media, and an accessible drama featuring two actors who are the very embodiment of visibility, Love Story raises questions around how and where our attention in a media-saturated culture is focused.
The exhibition will be on view until July 2nd, 2021 and is kindly supported by Kulturstiftung des Freistaats Sachsen, by Landeshauptstadt Dresden – Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz and by Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden.
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