Ellen Cantor

 
A prolific artist who lived between New York and London, Ellen Cantor (1961-2013) combined ready-made materials with diaristic notes and drawings to probe her perceptions and experiences of personal desire and institutional violence. In her drawings, paintings, collages, and videos, Cantor lifted characters and sequences from iconic films, reorienting the ideological transmissions of the source material. Fictional figures from Disney cartoons, cult horror films, New Wave cinema, and family movies provide a visual foil to Cantor's intimate disclosures. Magnetized by the doeful naivety of characters such as Snow White and Bambi, Cantor would, in her drawings, extend their narrative horizons to include vivid sexual encounters and crisis-ridden relationships.
 
Ellen Cantor - A history of the world as it has become known to me
2018
bilingual edition (English / German)
Sternberg Press - Monographs and artists' books
Publication focusing on Cantor's final project Pinochet Porn (2008–16)—an epic experimental film taking the form of a soap opera about the intimate life of people under the military dictatorship of Chile. A dramatic, transgressive and explicitly feminist work, embodying and radically extending Cantor's multifaceted artistic practice.


 top of page