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Candice Breitz

Johnen + Schöttle

Candice Breitz’s first works to cause a sensation were the photos in her “Ghost” series, 1996, in which she took generic South African postcards featuring staged shots of half-naked African women in traditional costume and then painted over the women’s skin with correction fluid. For the “Rainbow” series, 1996, she made collages in which she combined images (clipped out of porno magazines) of the body parts of white women with those of African women in native dress. In works like these, Breitz, who was born in Johannesburg in 1972, addresses themes of racial discrimination, sexism, and the exotic connotations of the gaze directed at the African woman.

Breitz’s immediate social environment ha always served an important role in her work. The artist has lived in New York since I995, and she had the photographs in her current series “Surrogate Portraits,” 1998, taken in the no-frills photo

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