Mircea Cantor (born 1977), internationally renowned artist and leading figure of the Romanian contemporary art, won the Prize of the Fondation d'entreprise Ricard in 2004 and the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2011. His childhood, spent in a country of the communist regime, and his personal memories are the starting point of most of his works. His productions intend to highlight social differences and the borders remaining between the countries. The formal and aesthetic of his videos and installations combines with a poetic engagement resulting in simple gestures, but a universal value.
For his "carte blanche" at the Museum of Hunting and Nature, Cantor is interested in the notion of "territory". This theme is central to meeting the predator and prey that inspires his recent film (Aquila non hood muscas 2018) which shows an eagle chasing a drone. In another film (Deeparture 2005) we witness the rising tension between a wolf and a deer is coasting in the artificial space of a "white cube". Cantor is also sensitive to the very special relationship that the vernacular tradition of his homeland has developed with wildlife. The abundant and diverse wildlife (bears, wolves, migratory birds ...) inhabiting the vast areas of Romania, from the forests of the Carpathians to the wetlands of the Danube delta, inspires some traditional festivals and the production of objects that their are destined. Over the centuries the Christian culture has integrated the ancient pagan rites including reappear on the occasion of colinde or holiday season. These rituals will serve as a guideline for Cantor for the exhibition he organized through the museum as if it became the territory of a strange parade. In "hunter of images" or Vanatorul of imagini collects objects and works and arranges them in a way that gives them a new meaning. Borrowing folk art at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest, Romania of commanding his artist friends of works on the theme of hunting, he mixes these "ready-made" of a particular kind to his own work in a scenography just play with the permanent collections.
Artists invited : Marius Bercea, Corneliu Brudașcu, Dan Beudan, Mi Kafkin,
Alin Bozbiciu, Sorin Câmpan, Gheorghe Ilea, Ciprian Mureșan, Radu Oreian Eugen Roșca,
Șerban Savu and Gabriela Vanga