Interview: International Video Artist Candice Breitz / Newcity Newspaper

It’s pure coincidence that Berlin-based South African artist Candice Breitz is speaking at the Art Institute of Chicago on Election Day (November 4). Really, it is. Perhaps it’s fitting, however, because in her work internationally renowned Breitz discusses the phenomenon of “celebrity” across cultures, the impossible paradox of language as both a connecting and alienating force and the ubiquitous medium of video (and, thusly, video art) as a visual language—all concepts that pop up around the presidential race that the entire world is watching, nervously. After all, politicians are the biggest celebrities. I called the artist at her hotel room in New Orleans before she came to Chicago. Not surprisingly, I interrupted her watching election coverage.

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