Wed 18 Sep19:30 – 22:30First performanceMuseum Folkwang, Essen-
Thu 19 Sep19:30 – 22:30PerformanceMuseum Folkwang, Essen-
Fri 20 Sep16:00 – 19:00PerformanceMuseum Folkwang, Essen-
Fri 20 Sep19:30 – 22:30PerformanceMuseum Folkwang, Essen-
Sat 21 Sep16:00 – 19:00PerformanceMuseum Folkwang, Essen-
Sat 21 Sep19:30 – 22:30PerformanceMuseum Folkwang, Essen-
A version of Love Story by Candice Breitz, specifically conceived for the Ruhrtriennale 2019, will be performed over 4 days in Museum Folkwang:
Love Story interrogates the mechanics of identification and the conditions under which empathy is produced. Evoking the global scale of the refugee crisis, the work evolves out of lengthy interviews with six individuals who have fled their countries in response to a range of oppressive conditions: Sarah Mardini, who escaped war-torn Syria; José Maria João, a former child soldier from Angola; Mamy Maloba Langa, a survivor from the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Shabeena Saveri, an Indian transgender activist; Luis Nava Molero, a political dissident from Venezuela; and Farah Abdi Mohamed, a young atheist from Somalia.
The personal narratives shared by the interviewees are articulated twice by Love Story. In the first space of the installation, re-performed fragments from the six interviews are woven into a fast-paced montage featuring Hollywood actors Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore. In a second space that is accessible only via the first, the original interviews are projected in their full duration and complexity. Suspending viewers between the gritty first-hand accounts of individuals who would typically remain nameless and faceless in the media, and an accessible drama featuring two actors who are the very embodiment of visibility, Love Story reflects on a media-saturated culture in which strong identification with fictional characters and celebrity figures runs parallel to widespread indifference to the plight of those facing real world adversity.
Love Story, 2016
Featuring Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore
7-Channel Installation: 7 Hard Drives
Duration: 73 minutes, 42 seconds
Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Outset Germany (Berlin) + Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Courtesy: Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg), Kaufmann Repetto (Milan) + KOW (Berlin)
Presented by the Ruhrtriennale in collaboration with the Museum Folkwang. Funded by Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach-Stiftung.
Love Story is based on and includes interviews with:
Shabeena Francis Saveri (03:38:49)
Mamy Maloba Langa (04:15:35)
Sarah Ezzat Mardini (02:47:52)
Farah Abdi Mohamed (03:32:19)
José Maria João (03:27:57)
Luis Ernesto Nava Molero (03:49:58)
Introduction And Further Information
Artist talk 21st of September at 6pm.
Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Outset Germany (Berlin) + Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg Courtesy: Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg), Kaufmann Repetto (Milan) + KOW (Berlin). Presented by the Ruhrtriennale in collaboration with the Museum Folkwang.
Funded by Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach-Stiftung.
Language information: In English