The radical economy of means used in the protoform work of Romanian artist Mircea Cantor (1977) contrasts with the visual saturation of our over-mediatised environment. Although it evokes social, political and economic realities, the work of Mircea Cantor is wary of expressing clear-cut opinions. The intention is more to “talk about poetics through politics”.

Shadow for a While

Shadow for a While (2007) is a laconic vision of the shadow of a burning flag, usually out of focus, whose disappearance progressively lets the light shine through. This anonymous and timeless representation of the ritual of the destruction of a symbol of a controversial regime can be perceived as a complex metaphor for change.

Shadow for a While

Mircea Cantor
Shadow for
a While, 2007
Film 16 mm
Black and white, quiet
2 min
Collection Mudam
Donation 2007 KBL European Private Bankers
© Photo: Mircea Cantor et Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris et New York

Wind Orchestra

Mircea Cantor
Wind Orchestra, 2012
Vidéo HD, couleur, son
10 min 5 sec
Collection Mudam Luxembourg - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean
Donation 2015 – Allen & Overy
© Mircea Cantor