1 June – 6 September 2014 (Opening 30 May)
The Woods (2012) is a trilogy of video installations by renowned South African artist Candice Breitz, that takes a close look at the world of 'child performers' and the performance of childhood in order to probe the dreams and promises embedded in mainstream cinema
Consistent with Breitz’s interest in the role that mimicry plays in the forging of selfhood and her ongoing exploration of the relationships between popular culture and its consumers, The Woods traverses three continents to explore the rituals and conventions governing the on camera and off-camera personae of professional child actors, as well as adult actors who have become famous playing child roles.
The trilogy brings together footage shot in Los Angeles, Mumbai and Lagos, seeking to observe and grasp the aspirational logic that is shared by Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood. Engaging actors and crews whose creative labour would ordinarily be subsumed into these three giant popular cinema industries, the three chapters of The Woods bring a behind-the-scenes eye to industries that typically prefer to mask their inner workings.
‘Candice Breitz: The Woods’
Blaffer Art Museum
The University of Houston,
4800 Calhoun Road
+1 713 743 9521
Tues-Weds and Fri-Sat: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 7pm
Candice Breitz 'The Woods' 2012
Three-part video installation Dimensions variable Courtesy White Cube