Candice Breitz

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Candice Breitz (b. 1972) is presenting at the Kunsthalle Krems her 2022 video work “Whiteface” as part of the donaufestival. The work by the South-African born artist explores “whiteness” and “white privilege.”

Over several years, Breitz collected media recordings documenting how white people speak about race. These perspectives range from right-wing extremist ideologies and propaganda to everyday racism and coming across as a “good white person.” They also illustrate how white people wrestle with stereotypes, such as “white privilege”, “white sensitivity”, or “white guilt”.

In “Whiteface, the artist appropriates these archive voices like a ventriloquist’s dummy and, donning various wigs, spotlights the conditions of whiteness. The film is a portrait of panicked white people and satirizes this absurd fear. The artist’s deliberately theatrical performance draws attention to the constructedness of whiteness and other racialized categories.

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