Chaplet, 2007

Crown, 2007
Painting, Variable dimensions
Mircea Cantor reproduces his own inky fingerprints on the wall. While the title of the work seems to allude to a crown or a garland, the layout of the installation in the gallery space evokes the idea of borders and barbed wire like the ones that normally bar the way to cultures and lives. The reference to refugees is inevitable, as is the reference to biometric identification at border crossings and a social context obsessed with control. The Romanian-born artist, now living in France, often works with the idea of the physical trace. Without sacrificing lyricism, he denounces the paradoxes of territorial control in the global world of information.

Technical details

Original title:
Registration number:
Cantor, Mircea
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Ink applied with fingers to wall
Variable dimensions
Edition number:
Ed. 5/7 + 2 P.A.
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Private long-term loan
© Mircea Cantor
It has accessibility resources:

Accessibility resources
High-relief image
Texts in braille

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It could be my bedroom (or something similar to it). Even the same technical characteristics: all the walls and volumes constructed in this module of raw canvas for painters to measure me and measure ourselves.
Pep Agut