Candice Breitz and Angelica Mesiti
The John Curtin Gallery presents two major works by internationally-acclaimed artists Candice Breitz and Angelica Mesiti which explore cultural identity through music and performance.
Love Story (2016), a seven-channel installation by Berlin-based artist Candice Breitz, 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 interviews are re-performed in a fast-paced montage featuring Hollywood actors Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore, who are cast in the work as themselves. Breitz represented South Africa in the 2017 Venice Biennale. Australian artist Angelica Mesiti’s Mother Tongue explores the way diverse communities in and around Denmark connect to their cultural heritage through music, dance and song.
The work was produced with the participation of a range of performers as Mother Tongue uses music as a way to sketch a portrait of society as we see it today, where individuals and groups seek ways to maintain their own cultural values while integrating into a new place rather than assimilating. Mesiti has been selected to represent Australia in this year’s prestigious Venice Biennale.