Davide Cantoni's artistic activity (@davidecantoni) is focused on the way our society presents images and how they are consumed. In particular, Cantoni's interest is in relation to news images published in the New York Times (the artist has lived and worked in New York since 1996).
Using images often seen with a distracted gaze by millions of people, destined to be forgotten but also to be part of a collective subconscious memory, the artist suggests a loss of active memory. As in all his works, in fact, Cantoni asks the viewer to look again, to refocus, to become active in seeing, giving a new meaning to those images forgotten and recovered from the subconscious. Imitating the photographic process, the artist makes his burnt works by focusing sunlight on the graphite in his drawings using a magnifying glass.
Cantoni's works, which could be described as Contemporary Archaeology, are on display with true Giants of history and archeology. While our news cycle lasts a maximum of 24 hours, works from the Farnese collection have been around for more than two millennia. Cantoni works in the hope of making the images he creates more durable by pushing them beyond the short cycle of news and bringing them closer to the timelessness of the true giants of human history, the sculptures of the Farnese collection.