Candice Breitz Renames Venice Biennale Commission to Protest Mistreatment of Refugees

artnet news | Sarah Cascone

When South African artist Candice Breitz‘s work Love Story goes on view at the National Gallery of Victoria this week, it will have a new name: Wilson Must Go.
Breitz is rechristening the seven-channel video piece—which features actors Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore recounting the tales of refugees in first person—in protest of the NGV’s current use of the firm Wilson Security, a company that oversaw the imprisonment of thousands of immigrants and refugees to Australia on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island and the island nation of Nauru.

The piece—which channels the power of celebrity to bring attention to the plight of refugees—has now become a work of protest against the mistreatment of immigrants at Australia’s offshore detention centers.The video installation is set to go on view December 15 in the NGV Triennial (through April 15), a sprawling exhibition featuring work by 100 artists and designers including Camille Henrot, Yayoi Kusama, and Teamlab. Breitz’s work, Love Story, was commissioned by the NGV and previously on view in the South African pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale …read more 

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