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In this fascinating, unnervingly ingenious new work, artist Candice Breitz deploys her therapist, her parents and herself to redub a trio of key scenes from David Cronenberg’s eerily personal 1979 horror film The Brood, flushing out the film’s universal themes of relationship disintegration and parental anxiety.
A shared interest in the interplay between the clinical and the cinematic brings Candice Breitz and David
Cronenberg uncomfortably close in Treatment
, a multi-channel meditation on Cronenberg's The Brood
Breitz has selected three key scenes of the film, each unsettling interactions between Dr. Hal Raglan,
a radical psychiatrist, and his patients: an infantilized male and a rage-filled woman who produces
embodiments of her emotions as fetal monsters dropping off her body. Breitz's piece recognizes The
as Cronenberg's most autobiographical work, a cri de Coeur
about his failed marriage, and his
fears around parental influence. She meets the director on his own terms, enlisting her own therapist,
herself, her mother, and her father to redub the scenes in a studio, on camera. Their portrait-like line
readings are positioned in the gallery directly across from Cronenberg's original scenes, underscoring
the universal anxieties and discomfiting emotions his work elicits in audiences. The result is highly
personal and frighteningly precise — a response to a filmmaker baring his soul.
Presented and organized in partnership with
the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art,
952 Queen Street West. Runs daily, September 5-15.
Exhibition continues until December 29.
Co-curated by Noah Cowan and David Liss.
- Candice Breitz
- Candice Breitz is a Berlin-based South African artist whose moving image installations have been shown internationally, including at the Venice Biennale, Sundance Film Festival, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebæk), and The Power Plant. Her work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canad, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and New York’s Museum of Modern Art.