Issue #14, 2003

Mircea Cantor: Super Star
Dan Perjovschi

Mircea Cantor Born in 1977, Romania, currently working in Nantes, France.

Solo Exhibitions: 2003 – Corporate identity, FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou (F); (...), Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris; In front of my eyes, Trans> Area, New York. 2002 – The Right Man at the Right Place, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris; Nulle part ailleurs, Le Studio-Yvon Lambert, Paris; Ping Pang Pong, Entre-deux Association, Nantes

Group Exhibitions: 2003 – Tirana Biennale 2, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana; In den Schluchten des Balkan, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel; 50th La Biennale di Venezia, “Clandestine”; Unoccupied territories, K&S gallery, Berlin; International Film Festival, with Smen video, Rotterdam. 2002 – A9 Forum Transeuropa, Museum Quartier, Vienna; Urban Tension, Museum in progress, Vienna, Frankfurt; Boundless Borders, Billboards project in the city, Belgrade; Festival, Espace En Cours, Paris.

What does Mircea Cantor want to state when publishing the magazine he made in one copy at the age of 12?

I forgot to ask him the last time we met in Essen (he was coming from Paris and going to Berlin and we had a lot of other stuff to talk about such as the two headed match and pop over the Crișul Repede river).

So what is Mircea Cantor’s statement?

a)         that he was drawing cowboys when the Romanians were preparing for the revolution?

b)         that he was drawing cowboys when the Romanians were waiting for the Americans and now he is publishing those cowboys while the Romanians are uncomfortable about the Americans camped in Mamaia?

c)         that the newspapers write your own title from a to f didn’t come out of the blue?

d)         that neither the Version?

e)         that he is sharp and in the trend speculating a personal event in a public one?

f)          that he likes to turn things upside down and instead of showing off with Lambert and Venice he is “showing on” (12 years old) with Oradea?

g)         that Super Star means together with Super us? (but who is the indian and who is the cowboy?)

h)         that an injection of naiveté-sincerity is welcome if things are far too ultra conceptual?

i)          that back then he had information from outside and that he used to live, at least in his mind, in the same place?

j)          that now he is living outside and his mind is still there?

k)         that he wants to make multiple out of one?

l)          he bugs me (us) because he is sharp?

m)        that he can reread himself because he kept everything he ever made?

n)         that he is like the self made magazine?

o)         that he doesn’t mean any of these (a-n) and he does it only because he thinks it’s cool?

I don’t have a clue. Still one question obsesses me: why are his crosswords already solved?

Translated by Izabella Badiu