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b. 1977 Romania lives and works "on earth"
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Best known for his evocative, metaphorical videos and mixed-media installations, Mircea Cantor makes work reflective of a broad worldview that is at once optimistic and trenchantly critical. In his works, he examines competing ideologies, war, displacement, the self and the other, and multivalence. Keenly aware of the multitude of meanings that a word or an object can contain, he deliberately mixes materials and uses language playfully, producing poignant, challenging works that defy neat categorization. He also refuses to be neatly defined, as he explains: “We know who we are, so why not go deeper? Let’s stand for something other than our nationality. [. . .] [My] objects speak of the great openness in which we can live today, beyond national categories.” Cantor won the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2011.
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Mircea Cantor was born in 1977 at Oradea, Romania. He currently works between Paris and Cluj, Romania. The point of departure for many of his works is his own childhood, influenced by growing up in a Communist country, and his memories of this. Cantor positions himself as an observer of reality and diverse cultures, and in his work he focuses on social differences and borders between countries. His videos and installations are highly poetic and evocative. His close attention to formal and aesthetic concerns is combined with strong political meanings, which he translates into simple gestures with universal value. Cantor is co-editor of VERISON, an artists’ magazine produced in collaboration with Gabriela Vanga and Ciprian Muresan, whose aim is to connect art with other areas of creation.
In 2011, Mircea Cantor was awarded the Prix Marcel Duchamp. Recent exhibitions dedicated to his work include those held at Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv (2016), Art Basel, Switzerland (a special project in 2015) and Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome (2014). His work was included in the exhibition ‘Voice of Images’ (2012-13) at Palazzo Grassi.
Mircea Cantor first began his studies at the University of Art and Aesthetics of Cluj-Napoca and then attended the École des Beaux-Arts at Nantes in 1999. He immediately turned his skills to all types of medium – video, installations, photography, design, performance, sculpture… Mircea Cantor is a self-professed artist of the world, a world without borders, and seeks to highlight the weaknesses and dysfunctional nature of a human being through the prism of our contemporary society. poetic and allegorical in nature, his entire work is characterized by this ability to treat what are harsh and complex subjects in an aesthetic manner where they are suspended between the real and chimerical. Mircea Cantor is deeply obsessed with the motif. The appearance of forms, their temporality and the strength of their retinal persistence are all part of the outcomes expected by the artist for his works. He pokes fun at our traditions, criticizes the face of the world, politics, the phenomenon of globalization, history, but remains focused on human aspirations, scrutinizing our behavior, our weaknesses. Questioning the essence of what it means to be human is crucial.
Mircea Cantor wishes to present us with a symbolic work inspired by the different fields of knowledge in order to give some meaning to human existence. The bases of his work could be summarised in several words - tradition, humility, aesthetics, independence, discipline, and values.