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Same Same Changed: Same Same - Factum 2009 in review Kwame Newman-Bremang Student # 019056753
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Candice Breitz’s work plays with systems, conventions, and norms of popular culture. Her pieces seem to act as scientific experiments; interestingly however, the subject of the discourse may not be so clear. Are the subjects those, sometimes familiar and certainly interesting characters and personalities who are on screen, or are we the observers truly the victims of the scientists prodding? The first Breitz piece that I encountered in this exhibition was composed of a massive wall of screens beaming varying faces, young and old, towards the observer. To my pleasant surprise each face was chanting in familiar tunes in union. The songs that united this group were all Bob Marley tracks. This montage was justifiably called ‘ A Portrait of Marley – Legend’ (2005) . The work was very compelling and spoke to the impact of the author of powerful songs such as ‘Redemption Song’, ‘Get Up Stand Up’, and ‘One Love’. These, and other songs featured in Candice Breitz’s ‘A Portrait of Marley’ are all songs that are chanted and played around the world. They are songs that we all know the lyrics to, and that affect us in a most intimate way regardless of age, race, or nationality. I would later notice that the artist, Candice Breitz was using one of her classic tools in this composition… repetition, and subtle variation. The faces on the screens each sang to a common and familiar rhythm, but each periodically let loose in their own unique way. One may easily wonder, who might I be on that wall of happy Marley lovers? I pondered, “on this wall of everyday music enthusiasts, someone must love this song in a
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very similar way to me?”. Breitz’s piece boldly spoke to the power of music, as well as the power of repetition and rhythm; for me, it sparked curiosity as to what other treats she had in store. Images that lined The Power Plant gallery walls, as I walk to the next room, gave another hint as to what may have been in store for us. Twins? My curiosity was even further heightened. Photographs of a variety of identical twins, and in one case Triplets, where on display along the walls as a sample of what was around the next corner. I walked in to a dark room, lit only by proxy of three screens projecting… you guessed it, identical twins! People sat staring at one of the three giant screens. They stared intently at the interviewees onscreen and sometimes laughed at the muted, but apparently compelling, stories that the characters mouthed. In front of each screen rested a series of headphones inviting the observer to pick them up and get in on the secret.
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