Treatment

Candice Breitz

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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 Brood 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.

NOAH COWAN

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.

Artist

    • 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.