Candice Breitz

Him + Her

2008
“Within any consciousness there is a Greek chorus, a mess of intertwined voices.” Candice Breitz Berlin-based Candice Breitz appropriates from Hollywood movies and other popular sources to reflect on the cultural resonance of the mass media as it relates to issues of identity and psychology. Him + Her derives from the artist’s analysis of Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep films, over which she noticed “a whole slew of clichés about masculinity and femininity that came rushing to the surface” of these iconic American actors’ varied cinematic roles. The resulting narrative, over the two-rooms of the installation, sees the transformation of the stars “Jack” and “Meryl” to “him” and “her” – gendered stereotypes grappling with introspective and, in his case, delivering overtly narcissistic dialogues.
Title
Him + Her
Date
2008
Medium
Time-Based Media
Materials
14 channel digital video installation, Him: 28:29 minutes, Her: 23:56 minutes
Dimensions
installation dimensions variable
Nationality
South African
Credit line
Purchased 2010
Accession number
43110