Mircea Cantor

Shortcuts
2004
Triptych, b/w photography
49 x 60 cm (each)

Our “Cold Front from the Balkans” exhibition focuses on different generations of artists and art groups from the Balkan region. Throughout the exhibition, we keep sharing detailed information about the artworks. Take a look at Mircea Cantor’s
 “Shortcuts”.

Shortcuts 2004 Triptych, b/w photography 49 x 60 cm (each)

Shortcuts
2004
Trıptych, b/w photography
49 x 60 cm (each)

Mircea Cantor’s Shortcuts, a work in black and white photography, is composed of three pieces. The photographs showing the border between Romania and Hungary visualize the extension to the present of a memory study that deals with borders and border-crossings. In one sense, which shortcut is the shortest? Where should a border be crossed? Today, borders are certainly a problem attached to Europe. They are spaces that people try to cross—those who flee from their countries because of war and oppression. These photographs, which refer to the refugee crisis also point to emptiness and remind us of many events and specters in history. The return of specters is in a way expressed through humane visionlessness. Why can the long-forgotten, those things the new generations do not hear/feel anymore, the moments of “European barbarism,” still return to us?

The Balkans are at the same time places of those borders. That people are stopped at the borders as opposed to the effect and limitlessness of the wind must be considered as related to the lack of memory for human beings. Memory stands as if in the mode of an emptiness. Using the shortcut…
Ali Akay

Cold Front From the Balkans” exhibition can be visited until 7 May at Pera Museum!

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