Candice Breitz, Stills from The Interview, 2012


Shot at Wheatbaker Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria: June 2012 

From the trilogy The Woods


Candice Breitz: The Woods

On view October 11, 2014 to March 1, 2015

Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

Internationally renowned video artist Candice Breitz explores how we create, define and perform identities in a world of mass media saturation. In her newest work, a trilogy called The Woods, Breitz delves into the cinematic culture of three epicenters of global filmmaking -- Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood -- to reflect the experiences of child actors and actors who perform childhood. With each section, shot in Los Angeles (The Audition), Mumbai (The Rehearsal) and Lagos (The Interview), The Woods cleverly splices together actor interviews to examine the movie industry's nuanced culture of aspiration and emulation.

The Peabody Essex Museum and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, co-commissioned The Woods. Jeffrey P. Beale and Fay Chandler provided generous support. Terry and Dick Albright, Raj Malhotra and the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum provided additional support. 

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Special Event
Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 3pm - 5pm
Reservations by November 7

Members $5, nonmembers $10 (includes museum admission)

The art of live first-person storytelling comes to PEM in this new program with the Salem Literary Festival. In a casual café atmosphere, relax and listen as bold storytellers share revealing moments from their own lives. The theme, "At the Movies," is inspired by the exhibition The Woods by internationally renowned video artist Candice Breitz.
Interested in telling your story? You're invited to submit a one-sentence pitch to Michelle Moon at michelle_moon@pem.org. Deadline for submissions is November 3.

Offered in partnership with Salem Literary Festival

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