Mircea Cantor: Tracking Happiness at Kunsthaus Zürich is Switzerland’s first solo show of works of Romanian artist Mircea Cantor. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a film created especially for the exhibition, “Tracking Happiness”. The video features a group of women clad in white sashaying in various formations barefoot across fine white sand. Their traces are wiped away by their broom-wielding successors. In this film, Mircea Cantor examines the paradox of an age in which traces are perpetually left and deleted. The film soundtrack has been composed by Adrian Gagiu.
Another film, created especially for the Kunsthaus is “Vertical Attempt”. The video lasts only one second, showing a boy trying to cut the water that is pouring out of the tap. Additional works on display are Mircea Cantor’s painting “Angel and Satellites”, the installation “Like Birds on a High Voltage Wire”, and the work “Untitled (The New Times).
Mircea Cantor was born in Romania in 1977. He lives and works in Paris. Cantor has had solo shows at the Camden Arts Centre (London) and the Centre Pompidou (Paris). The solo exhibition at Kunsthaus Zürich has been curated by Mirjam Varadinis.
Mircea Cantor: Tracking Happiness / Kunsthaus Zürich. Press preview and opening reception, August 27, 2009.
Update (December 24, 2009): Review by Olga Stefan.