2009 Project

Commission: Candice Breitz, Factum

Artist: Candice Breitz

Curator: Gregory Burke

Location: Toronto

Partner: The Power Plant

Duration: September 19 – November 15, 2009

Factum, the fifth instalment of The Power Plant’s Commissioning Program and the second work supported by Partners in Art under this program, was unveiled in September 2009 as part of the first North American survey of works by internationally-acclaimed video artist Candice Breitz in an exhibition titled Same Same.

Shot in Toronto, Factum (its title referencing Robert Rauschenberg’s 1957 set of near-identical paintings) explores the myriad ways that twins differentiate themselves in a world that values nothing more than the individual. Woven together, the recollections and opinions of the twins both collide and harmonize, thereby conveying the simultaneous sense of sameness and difference experienced not only by twins but by ‘singletons’ (as twins call non-twins) too.

By interviewing several sets of twins — and one set of triplets — each separated from their sibling but asked the same questions, Candice Breitz has created a series of dynamically edited video portraits.