International 2012 Archives
The Museum of the Moving Image and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York present an exhibition of video installations, short films, and other works by Mircea Cantor. Although Cantor is widely acclaimed throughout Europe, and has had works shown at The Museum of Modern Art, this will be his first solo museum exhibition in New York City.
The exhibition includes installations of three video works: Tracking Happiness (2009): Seven women dressed in white walk in a circle in the sand, sweeping away their footprints, Vertical Attempt (2009): A young boy attempts to cut a stream of water with scissors, and I Decided Not to Save the World (2011), a wall drawing and a photographic diptych. Selected programs of his short films will be shown continuously in the Bartos Screening Room. A crowd of Albanian demonstrators march through the streets holding mirrors instead of signs. A factory and its workers are used for the production of a useless product—double-
Mircea Cantor (born 1977, in Romania, lives and works in Paris, France) is a visual artist who has received wide acclaim for his subtle commentary on issues of contemporary society. Cantor creates images that are at once crystalline in their clarity, yet deeply paradoxical. They are concerned with issues of memory, history, oppression, and the futility—and necessity—of hope.
The Marcel Duchamp Prize was awarded to Mircea Cantor in 2011 in Paris and he is preparing now the subsequent solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. This is fitting because his wry, conceptual work has been compared to that of Duchamp in his use of the readymade to attract attention to the polysemantic nature of everyday objects. While his thematic concerns may reflect his identity as a Romanian-
Cantor's choice of media is diverse. The subjects that he tackles in his videos, installations, photographs and drawings or his textual works express a sharp awareness of the most brutal realities in today's changing worlds. Cantor's 2005 video work Deeparture, which was on view in the contemporary galleries at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, features a deer and a wolf together in a pristine white box environment which works to heighten the palpable tension.
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Exhibition March 3 -
Mircea Cantor, Tracking Happiness, 2009. Courtesy of the artist; Yvon Lambert, Paris and Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv