This is one of three variations.
‘Profile' consists of Variation A, Variation B and Variation C.
The other variations can be viewed via separate links on this Vimeo page.
‘Profile,’ a single-channel self-portrait by Candice Breitz (born 1972, Johannesburg, South Africa) reflects on Breitz's nomination as one of two artists chosen for the South African Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. 'Profile' fuses self-portraiture with brand promotion, biography with racial profiling, artist statement with political campaign. It interrogates the workings of representation, addressing the complex relationship between the identity of an artist and the specificity of their practice. Rather than appearing before the camera herself, Breitz collaborates with ten prominent South African artists who could equally have been selected to represent the country – namely, Igshaan Adams, Roger Ballen, Steven Cohen, Gabrielle Goliath, Dean Hutton, Banele Khoza, Gerald Machona, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Chuma Sopotela and Sue Williamson. Introducing themselves in Breitz’s name, the artists proceed to describe themselves in terms of identifying markers such as race, class, gender, occupation, religion and upbringing. It quickly becomes apparent that their statements can not always be taken at face value. Breitz deflects the spotlight of her Venice selection to her fellow artists, who in turn shift it again, prompting a series of questions regarding the question of representation, both of the self and of others.
Commissioned and Produced by:
The South African Pavilion
Venice Biennale 2017
The South African Department of Arts & Culture
With thanks to Daniel Albertse, Fernando Alfredo, Brendan Copestake, Clifford Elk, Alex Fahl, Shanna Freedman, Marie-louise Koen, Basetsana Kumalo, Hannah Leal, LEFT Post Production, Lucy MacGarry, Beathur Mgoza Baker, Musha Neluheni, Liesl Potgieter + Diana Ross. Major gratitude to Ann Roberts and Connect Channel.