Tate Liverpool stages Candice Breitz's Love Story
Tate Liverpool is staging a thought-provoking and topical installation by South African artist Candice Brice.
Love Story 2016 is a seven-channel artwork which features performances from Hollywood actors Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore and poses questions about whose voices we hear – and should listen to – in our media-soaked world.
The work, which is being staged in the Royal Albert Dock venue’s ground floor Wolfson Gallery, gives six refugees from global hotspots the chance to tell their stories in their own words in full-length interviews on individual screens.
They include a former child soldier from Angola, a political dissident from Venezuela, and a young woman escaping war-torn Syria.
But then fragments of their lived experiences are taken and woven into monologues delivered by Baldwin and Moore which are shown in a montage on a large cinema-sized screen – reflecting on an environment that prioritises celebrity over the real-life experiences of people facing adversity.
Berlin-based Breitz’s work was shown at the Venice Biennale in 2017 and was subsequently bought by the Tate. This is the first time it has been shown in the UK.
Love Story is on show at Tate Liverpool until May 2023.