Benera and Estefan

Trafo Gallery, Budapest - solo exhibition (ongoing)


Land, possessions and commons, Public Art Project


July 25th to October 17th, 2021
Exhibition project in the public space of Semmering, Lower Austria

With site-specific works of Abdul Sharif Baruwa, Olga Chernysheva, Anna Daucikova, Zhanna Kadyrova, Elvedin Klačar, Mikhail Tolmachev, Milica Tomić, Inge Vavra, Hannes Zebedin and video works by Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Taus Makhacheva, Laure Prouvost and Titre Provisoire curated by Hedwig Saxenhuber July 25th to October 17th, 2021.

"In the almost 170-year-old social and cultural history of Semmering since it was opened up by the famous railway line, economic growth and social prosperity of the region can be traced in pendulum movements. The activities of the railway company and the associated development of the alpine landscape as a picturesque backdrop - often shaped by upper-class leisure culture - the "taming" of nature and an expansion of the city into the landscape with all imaginable luxurious amenities were at the beginning. Their decline as a result of the wars, the Shoah and the great social and geopolitical upheavals changed Semmering. In its long history, the tourism landscape has repeatedly been confronted with the consequences of social transformation, reached their limits and their boom has turned into the opposite. A place that was originally taken over by the high aristocracy, industrialists and well-known intellectuals and offered them diversion, was also used by a broad spectrum of day visitors in the course of democratization. The designation of the Semmering Railway as a UNESCO World Heritage Site provided new impetus.

The Semmering is a landscape full of superlatives and means something different for every visitor. It is also important at what point in time you look at the Semmering. The title land, property and commons for an exhibition of contemporary art on Semmering may at first seem as succinct as it is sought-after. But he wants to put the multi-faceted history of Semmering aside and asks questions about the meaning of "land" today - land as a piece of the earth's surface that relates to local nature, to the peculiarities of a place. He refers to the characteristic combination of fauna and flora, climate and geological composition and the human interventions that give a landscape its face."
Hedwig Saxenhuber

39th EVA International | Ireland's Biennial (ongoing)


39th EVA International (Phase 2)
2 July 2020 - 22 Aug. 2021

Taking its reference from the “Golden Vein,” a 19th-century descriptor for the agricultural bounty of the Limerick region, the 39th EVA International programme seeks to address ideas of land and its contested values in the context of Ireland today.

Artists: Diego Bruno, Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho, Barış Doğrusöz, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Melanie Jackson and Esther Leslie, Áine McBride, Hana Miletić, Deirdre O’Mahony, Richard Proffitt, Mario Rizzi, Aykan Safoğlu, Eimear Walshe.
Archive research presentation : The Reconciliation of the Blood Feuds Campaign, led by Erëmirë Krasniqi (Oral History Initiative), Betsy Damon Archive: Keepers of the Waters (Chengdu and Lhasa), led by Asia Art Archive.

more info:

The Normal @ Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh


18 May – 29 Aug 2021

Talbot Rice Gallery
The University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Artists: Larry Achiampong, Amy Balkin, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Boyle Family, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & Sascha Pohflepp, Gabrielle Goliath, Femke Herregraven, Jarsdell Solutions Ltd, Kahlil Joseph, Tonya McMullan, Sarah Rose, James Webb

Curated by: Tessa Giblin & James Clegg

Curated in real-time, it explores ideas about pausing the train of progress, resurgent communities, ever-increasing proximity between humans and wildlife and the asymmetrical effects of this pandemic due to socioeconomic and racial inequality.

Territories of Waste @ Museum Tinguely, Basel (upcoming)


14 September 2022 – 8 Januar 2023

Museum Tinguely
Basel, Switzerland
Paul Sacher-Anlage 2 

Curated by: Sandra Beate Reimann

Potential Worlds 2: Eco-Fictions @ MIGROS MUSEUM, Zurich


Oct. 24, 2020 - May. 09, 2021

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Limmatstrasse 270
CH-8005 Zurich

Curated by Heike Munder and Suad Garayeva-Maleki

Artists: Korakrit Arunanondchai, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefán, Dora Budor, Burton Nitta (Michael Burton & Michiko Nitta), Cao Fei, Julian Charrière, Carl Cheng, Jimmie Durham, Peter Fend, Tue Greenfort, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Helen Mayer Harrison & Newton Harrison, Louis Henderson, Mary Maggic, Mileece, MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, Adrián Villar Rojas, Pinar Yoldas, Zheng Bo.

The group exhibition Potential Worlds 2: Eco-Fictions explores speculative designs of the network of relationships between man and nature against the background of our current ecological situation. The consequences of the devastation of nature reveal the need to understand man as a part, rather than the center of the world. This exhibition brings together both historic and contemporary artistic positions that take up and develop this idea by questioning other forms of (co)living. It also addresses the ever-changing role of man in nature at the time of new, post-human technologies and the possibilities these allow for repurposing and coexistence. How can ways be found to create an exchange between all living beings? How can the detritus of the present and the traces of destruction – the “ruins of the Anthropocene” – be handled? What potentials are released when man and nature meet and ally? Which role can art play as a technological, scientific and social experiment? The artists in the exhibition work toward a social consciousness that encompasses all living beings and, based on this attitude, design new forms of togetherness.

Entangled Tales, public video art program in Stockholm



Entangled Tales is a public video art program in Stockholm subway at Skanstull station part of Region Stockholm's Konstväxlingar. The program, curated by Sara Rossling, shows works by the six international artists/artist duos Roy Samaha, Will Benedict, Anca Benera & Arnold Estéfan, and Anton Vidokle & Pelin Tan.

Slow Life. Radical Practices of the Everyday_Ludwig Museum


16. July, 2021 – 5. September

Ludwig Museum, Budapest

Curators: Petra Csizek, Jan Elantkowski, József Készman, Zsuzska Petró, Viktória Popovics, Krisztina Üveges, Katalin Timár

Exhibiting artists: Bartha Gabó | Benczúr Emese | Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan | Ursula Biemann & Paulo Taveres | Erdei Krisztina |
ex-artist’s collective (Kaszás Tamás & Lóránt Anikó) | Manfred Erjautz | Horváth Tibor | Horváth R. Gideon | Oto Hudec | Kaszás Tamás | Koronczi Endre | Lakner Antal | Diana Lelonek | Mátyási Péter | Petra Maitz | Oliver Ressler | Schuller Judit Flóra |
Szabó Eszter Ágnes & Syporca Whandal | Süveges Rita | Lois Weinberger | Zilahi Anna

Slow Life. Radical Practices of the Every day is a group exhibition with an international scope, a commitment that reflects on today’s pressing global issues. The current logic of our world, the existing social & economic system, and the market-consumer culture have caused serious environmental problems. The approach they are based upon is in crisis, and current practices cannot provide real solutions to excessive waste production and overconsumption, and to keep the exploitation of natural resources under control. (...)

Slow Life. Radical Practices of the Everyday_Ludwig Museum Koblenz


01.11.2020 – 15.03.2021

Ludwig Museum in the Deutschherrenhaus
Koblenz, Germany

Curators: Petra Csizek, Jan Elantkowski, József Készman, Zsuzska Petró, Viktória Popovics, Krisztina Üveges

Participating Artists: Gabó BARTHA | Emese BENCZÚR | Anca BENERA & Arnold ESTEFÁN || Krisztina ERDEI | Gideon HORVÁTH | Oto HUDEC | Tamás KASZÁS | Endre KORONCZI | LAKNER Antal | Diana LELONEK | Péter MÁTYÁSI | Oliver RESSLER | Judit Flóra SCHULLER | Rita SÜVEGES | Eszter Ágnes SZABÓ & Syporca WHANDAL | Lois WEINBERGER | Anna ZILAHI 

“SLOW LIFE. Radical Practices of the Everyday” is a group exhibition with an international scope, a commitment that reflects on today’s pressing global issues. The current logic of our world, the existing social & economic system and the market-consumer culture have caused serious environmental problems. The approach they are based upon is in crisis, and current practices cannot provide real solutions to excessive waste production and overconsumption, and to keep the exploitation of natural resources under control. 
The exhibition aims to show the environmental impacts and exploitation practices that have led to the current global environmental, economic and social problems. At the same time, the exhibition intends to create a broader platform for such artistic positions that emphasize sustainability and offer alternative ways of life. Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic caused by the corona virus, the topics of the exhibition became imminent and urgent – “Slow life” has suddenly become an everyday reality, a forced way of life in the global world. The “Quarantine of Consumption”, the “Stay Home” movement, the decline in air traffic, the slowing economy are just some of the unexpected consequences of the virus, which ruthlessly point to the positive effects of a slower life, but which also pose enormous challenges for humanity.

Overview Effect, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade


October 2nd 2020 – September 20th 2021

Museum of Contemporary Art
Ušće 10, blok 15, Belgrade

project and curatorial direction: Blanca de la Torre and Zoran Erić
production: Dragana Jovović
design: Andrej Dolinka, Katarina Popović

Artists participating in the first stage: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Tomas Colbengtson, Regina José Galindo, Markus Hiesleitner, Kinga Kiełczyńska, Elena Lavellés, Tea Mäkipää, Mary Mattingly, Anna Moreno, Branislav Nikolić, Mirko Nikolić, PSJM, Mariëlle Videler, Tanja Vujinović, Škart

All of the artists taking part in the first stage will either present new works or conceptually connect their outdoor projects with the works that will be shown in the exhibition at the Museum in 2021. Besides them, the list of artists taking part in the exhibition includes: 

Ravi Agarwal, Maria Thereza Alves, Vasco Araújo, Amy Balkin, Luna Bengoechea, Ursula Biemann, Tania Candiani, Juanli Carrión, Carolina Caycedo, Cian Dayrit, Dirk Fleischmann, Nina Galić, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Kitti Gosztola, Lungiswa Gqunta, Tue Greenfort, Michaela Grill, Igor Grubić, Christina Hermauer & Roman Keller, IC-98, Ingela Ihrman, The Institute of Queer Ecology, ISUMA, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Tamás Kaszás, Juyon Kim, Jacob Kirkegaard, Diana Lelonek, Ernst Logar, Nemanja Milenković, Amor Muñoz, Kevin Michael Murphy, N55, Michael Najjar, Nils Norman, Fernando Palma, Marjetica Potrč, Minna Rainio & Mark Roberts, Vera Stevanović, Robertina Šebjanič & Gjino Šutić, Thomas Thwaites, Adrienn Újházi, Marie Velardi, Juan Zamora, Bo Zheng 

The term Overview Effect was coined by Frank White in 1987 to describe the cognitive shift reported by a number of astronauts on having looked back from Space at their home planet Earth. The question is, do we need such a distant point of view of the planet we occupy, as a “crew of the Spaceship Earth” to use Buckminster Fuller’s metaphor, to realize that this “spaceship” is slowly running out of “fuel” and that the crew is in need of “oxygen”?

This project seeks to address the issue of the environmental justice that can only be approached through an analysis of the inseparable links between climate change and other forms of injustice related to gender, race, corporate imperialism, indigenous sovereignty, and the importance of decolonising and de-anthropocentrizing the planet in order to reshape an inclusive mindset akin to a multispecies world.

No Shelter from the Storm - Belvedere 21


20. August 2020

Belvedere 21
Arsenalstraße 1
1030 Wien

Curators: Christiane Erharter, Claudia Slanar
Public programme with: Anca Benera, Arnold Estefan, Maja Fowkes, Reuben Fowkes und Matthew Barney. 

Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, No Shelter From the Storm, 2015, Film-Still

Encircling the Image of Trauma_NEW PUBLICATION


Edited by Matei Bellu and Emilie Bujès
Design by Archive Appendix
Softcover with flaps
240 pages
ISBN 978-3-943620-53-5]

Contributions by Pavel Büchler, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Jenny Edkins, Aurélien Gamboni and Sandrine Teixido, Unica Zürn, Falke Pisano, Katja Mater, Georges Perec, Andrea Bellu, Ben Seymour, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Gitte Villesen

This book tiptoes between aesthetics and ethics; it proposes to rethink trauma in its necessity as well as impossibility to be represented and understood.

The traumatic experience of violence marks social orders and imbues history. How does it reach beyond distress and pain? This collection of works interrogates alternative narratives: The traces of trauma may also comprise a subversive potential, which withdraws from the hold of power and instead makes room for a sense of history’s vulnerability.

Thoughts, artistic contributions and text, most of them produced especially for this volume, move around notions of trauma, in an attempt to encircle moments, at whoch translation of meaning seems suddenly suspended.

Supported by Centre d’Art Contemporaine Genève

Rethinking the Image of the World - Projects and Sketches


An exploration of contemporary Romanian art of the last decade
Nov 9, 2019 — Feb 9, 2020

Le MILL, Place Communale 21 - 7100 La Louvière, Belgium

Curators: Adrian Bojenoiu & Cristian Nae

Artists: ALB, Apparatus 22, Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Geta Brătescu, Cristina David, Mihai Iepure-Gorski, Nona Inescu, Mi Kafchin, Róbert Pál Köteles, Andrei Nacu, Iulia Nistor, Dan Perjovschi, Lia Perjovschi, Taietzel Ticalos, Iulia Toma, Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor

This exhibition is the first major attempt to study changes in the work of Romania visual artists in the last decade. Previously oriented towards remembrance and the analysis of the communist and post-communist period, Romanian artists seem to have changed direction in 2000, moving towards more global subjects, and first and foremost, the creation of images and their social and political implications.

How are images produced and reproduced in art and society today? What can images do and how can we measure their power? Can art still change the world today? Discover brilliant young artists alongside more established names and a unique opportunity to learn more about the contemporary Romanian art scene.

Picture This. Selected Pasts, Subverted Facts


23 October - 1 December 2019
Budapest History Museum - Budapest Gallery

Opening: 22 October, 6 pm
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00-18:00

Artists: Bani Abidi, Adéla Babanová, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán, Ieva Epnere, Marcell Esterházy,
Kata Geibl, Mykola Ridnyi, Aykan Safoğlu, Tehnica Schweiz

Curated by Nikolett Erőss and Flóra Gadó

Art Encounters Biennial 2019


September 20–October 27, 2019
Timisoara, Romania

Curators: Maria Lind and Anca Rujoiu

Participants: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Dan Acostioaiei, Halil Altındere, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Michael Beutler, Irina Botea Bucan & Jon Dean, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Filipa César & Louis Henderson, Kray Chen, Céline Condorelli, Collection Collective, Alexandra Croitoru, Chto delat, Forensic Architecture, Aslan Gaisumov, Ane Graff, Alma Heikkilä, Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti, Ane Hjort Guttu, Dora García, Ho Tzu Nyen, Gunilla Klingberg, Gülsün Karamustafa, Behzad Khosravi Noori, Vilmos Koter, Matts Leidersta, Anne Low, Virginia Lupu, Taus Makhacheva, Liliana Mercioiu Popa, Metahaven, Ana Maria Millán, Malgorzata Mirga-Tas, Naeem Mohaiemen, Monotremu, Tanja Muravskaja, Ciprian Mureșan, Joar Nango, Pınar Öğrenci, Ahmet Ögüt, The Otolith Group, Trevor Paglen, Philippe Parreno, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Lia Perjovschi, Peles Empire, Thao Nguyen Phan, Zac Langdon-Pole, Agnieszka Polska, Ghenadie Popescu, Walid Raad, Vandy Rattana, Bella Rune, STEALTH.unlimited, Zhou Tao, Iulia Toma, Tur de Arhitectură, Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor, Anton Vidokle, Haegue Yang, Mădălina Zaharia, Zephyr, Želimir Žilnik.

DEBRISPHERE - Landscape as an extension of the military imagination - NEW PUBLICATION


Artist book by Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan
Published by PUNCH
144 pages
13,5 x 20 cm

ISBN 9786069430033

Texts by: Noit Banai, Andrew Chubb, Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Hito Steyerl, Raluca Voinea, Eyal Weizman.

The artist book by Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan is published as an accompaniment to their eponymous installation, presented for the first time in the frame of "Natural Histories. Traces of the Political" exhibition at MUMOK Vienna in 2017.

Alongside the artists' case studies, which include Ariel Sharon Park, Teuflesberg, Diego Garcia, Johnston Atoll and the Spartly Islands, the publication includes four republished texts by Andrew Chubb, Hito Steyerl and Eyal Weizman, which informed the artists' research process, and also newly commissioned essays by Noit Banai, Maja & Reuben Fowkes and Raluca Voinea.

"Territories shaped by conflict and war, new geographical configurations that need to justify state and military expansions, artificially created natures concealing destruction and trauma, these are the bones and stones of the Debrisphere, the stratum above the Lithosphere that artists Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan have sampled and analysed. Benera and Estefán play with the fine line where fiction and reality blur. It is a line similar to that of countries’ borders built as impenetrable walls and fences, or that between the desert and the forest, or the invisible maritime line separating the international from the colonising. This line is also the boundary where the Debrisphere occurs." (Raluca Voinea)

Silent Narratives at MOCA Yinchuan, China


June 2–August 8, 2019

Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan
Xingqing District, 750101 Yinchuan

Artists: Adel Abidin, Anca Benera &Arnold Estenfan, Arghavan Khosravi, Azita Moradkhani, Feifei Yu, Gohar Dashti, Guangli Liu, Guanzhen Wu, Jianhua Liu, Larissa Sansour, Linlin Li, Lu Zheng, Mounir Fatmi, Ning Zong, Ran Cheng, Ruijun Shen, Shiwei Ding, Sishun Wang, Song Yang, Tamir Zadok, Wenting Ma, Yingwei Pu, Zeina Barakeh, Zhengming Zhu

Curator: Mei Huang

“The title Silent Narratives was taken from Chaim Potok’s novel The Chosen, in which he describes: ‘I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own,’” explains Mei Huang in an interview about her curated exhibition Silent Narratives. The exhibition displays the archive of ancient artifacts of the Silk Road in the same space as the contemporary works of 25 artists from various countries along its route, such as China, Iraq, Israel, Iran, Palestine and Lebanon. Silent Narratives makes the cultural and historical exchanges possible between ancient and modern work silently, ignoring the limitations of time and space. As Roberto Mangabeira Unge has stated in The Self Awakened: “Any social theory that would escape the illusions of false necessity without surrendering to the fantasies of an unrestrained utopianism must make sense of this clash between the self-fulfilling prophecies and the recalcitrant facts.” Silent Narratives is not only related to the past, but also takes the present into account, creating narratives among the different struggles faced by the existing societies along its path. Hence, the ancient Silk Road is just an introduction, which invites us to view the world from the perspectives of the history, culture and politics of globalization.

In Silent Narratives both ancient literature and today’s visual arts are narrated by artists from their own points of view, either micro or macro, which also offers the possibility for visitors to interpret the history from multiple perspectives. Chantal Mouffe, a Belgian political thinker, believes that everything has something to do with politics and always will. Do the works of art also show the social and political contexts in which they have been made? In relation to this, political scientist Wang Hui talks about the discourse of “De-politicized Politics” that shapes contemporary societies. For Wang Hui, social and political struggles become silent as public space is deprived of its conflictual nature as the political and the social are trying to be constructed as two separated spaces. Silent Narratives also represents those silent social and political narratives present in artifacts and contemporary art works. By the interplay between ancient and contemporary, those issues that have been always present become more obvious to the audience. This exhibition is divided into three chapters: China, The Middle East and Western Europe. Topics such as Past and present, Eurocentrism, Colonialism and Post-Colonialism and the Far-right wing’s rise have been discussed in the show. 

LISTE - Art Fair Basel, Galeria Ivan, Bucharest - solo presentation


June 10 - 17, 2019

LISTE - Art Fair Basel
Burgweg 15
4058 Basel

For their solo show at LISTE, the artists continue their recent extensive project titled “Debrisphere” - an investigation on the phenomenon of man-made landscapes which are often the result of conflicts and wars. The artists have coined the term “Debrisphere” to refer to this, as yet unnamed, stratum of the earth’s crust. They employ seemingly “scientific tools” in order to imagine and map this new strata, in which destruction, the making and marking of landscape (as a form of spatial modification) go hand in hand with heightened state violence and the overexploitation of resources.

EXHIBIT A at City Art Gallery, Ljubljana


20. 6. 2019–8. 9. 2019

City Art Gallery of Ljubljana
Mestni trg 5,
1000 Ljubljana

Artists: Nika Autor, Boris Beja, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Nemanja Cvijanović, Lana Čmajčanin, Minna Henriksson, Sanela Jahić, Nikita Kadan, Mark Požlep, Lala Raščić, Kamen Stoyanov, Sašo Sedlaček, Katarina Zdjelar

Curator: Alenka Trebušak

Exhibit A brings together fourteen internationally acclaimed artists whose response to the complex problems plaguing modern society consists in the use of forensic aesthetics and scientific tools of physics, sociology, anthropology, biology or cartography to investigate the world. From this perspective, their artworks can be thought of as clues, since they contain traces of past activities, whether in material form, such as fragmented or fossilised remains, or in the form of human testimonies.

Убежище / Suoja / Shelter Festival - Helsinki


June 7-9, 2019
Katri Valan Puisto - Park's shelter in the area of SÖRNÄINEN, Helsinki.

Cosmopolitics, Comradeship, and the Commons
Ecology in Action for a Shared Planet

3-day international annual festival-laboratory, which is held for the second time on June 7-9, 2019 at the Space for Free Arts /
Vapaan Taiteen Tila. We invite artists, musicians, performers, educators to comprehend the "shelter" in all its hypostases, forms and manifestations. Imagine that all of us urgently needed to hide in it. 

Curated by Corina Apostol, Anastasia Vepreva, Ksenia Yurkova

How may we as artists, citizens, activists, students, and community organizers re-think and develop radical, counter-hegemonic practices that help us re-imagine climate resilience and enable the creation of a new commons? It is precisely these issues that will be explored during the 2019 Shelter Festival. The festival will take place in Helsinki, a city where such inquiries are informed by the impending sea-level rises, looming gentrification driven by climate change, and increasing distrust of the Other. Drawing on Isabelle Stengers' concept of "Cosmopolitics," where diverse stories, perspectives, and practices connect to lay the foundation for new strategies and radical possibilities, the Festival will act as a temporary commons for diverse approaches to the ecological crisis and its economic, social, and cultural affects and effects. 
Although Nordic Countries have been at the top of the list of countries "least vulnerable" to climate change, recent protests by young activists and students have emphasized the very real impacts of the changing environmental conditions and continued ecological devastation that profit-seeking companies have unleashed on these shores. Moreover, recent commercial campaigns have sought to capitalize on the ecological effects of climate change, encouraging citizens to consume more under the guise of being environmentally conscious, and thus bring more profit to populist elites. Similarly, in neighbouring Eastern Europe, Baltic countries, and Russia, diminishing natural resources are considered top prizes to further exploit in order to maximize private fortunes. Governments have disregarded existing environmental protections and international treaties, and now their profit-driven logic is being challenged by waves of protests by concerned citizens. 

Throughout the festival, cultural practitioners from the aforementioned regions and beyond will invite participants to engage with artistic platforms for inquiry, remembrance, and re-imagined futures in order to draw attention to the ecologies and environmental conditions around us. Their interdisciplinary practices span media art, site-specific installation, performance art, and education, in order to explore the interwoven reliance of humans, more-than-human bodies, and their environments. These artistic interventions disrupt the prevailing heteronormative discourses around ecological interactions and environmental politics and question how social, political and legal frameworks have altered the relationship between nature and ecological imagination. The unique space Shelter, with its Cold War resonances and references to a distant nuclear war (which is again at the forefront of our geopolitics 30 years later), will serve as a welcoming space for comradeship and living in common, which we hope will inspire new artistic experiments, sensitivities, connections and communications on deep and radical ecologies. 
Taking shelter, we will collectively consider what forms cosmopolitical action can take in the climate-changed city of today, referring to specific knowledges and practices, both locally-driven and internationally-resonant, which may constellate into possibilities of a climate-just city. During the Festival, participants are encouraged to construct their own proposals for a cosmopolitics, one that corresponds to global challenges of the twenty-first century.

Liquid Horizons


11. 4. 2019 – 6. 7. 2019, Bratislava

April 10, 2019 at 6 pm

Participating artists: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Ali Cherri, Elle Márjá Eira & Mai-Lis Eira, Lucia Nimcová, documents on the Gabčíkovo–Nagymaros Waterworks from the archive of Mikuláš Huba, and The Archives of the Protest Movement against the Damming of the Alta-Kautokeino Water System (Alta Museum, Norway)

Curated by:
Rado Ištok

The exhibition entitled Liquid Horizons brings together works of six contemporary artists as well as archival material whose common denominator is the construction of large-scale dams over the last five decades. Throughout the twentieth century, dams functioned as facilitators of modernisation in terms of the electric energy they generated for newly developing industries as well as households with their modern appliances, and guarantors of a safe and stable supply of drinking water in the case of reservoirs. However, the exhibition focuses on the darker side of this modernisation, namely the price that had to be paid in terms of the displacement of various communities, the destruction of cultural heritage and damage to the natural environment.

What Ties Us Together


5 April - 25 May 2019

LaBF15, Lyon
11 Quai de la Pêcherie, 69001 Lyon

two solo exhibitions by Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan and Decebal Scriba


Persona, Mucem, Marseilles


5 April 2019 - 23 June 2019

MUCEM, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations
7 promenade Robert Laffont, 13002
Marseille – France

"Mixing contemporary art, folklore and popular arts, it confronts traditional Romanian objects from the collections of the Mucem with the works of eight Romanian artists of different generations: Ioana Bătrânu, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Răzvan Botiş, Mircea Cantor, Olivia Mihălţianu, Anca Munteanu Rîmnic, and Ioana Nemeş. It presents drawings, installations, sculptures, photographs, videos, and original works created especially for this project.

The exhibition first considers the links between ethnographic heritage and rites of folklore and mythology, before proposing a broad critical examination of national, cultural, and ethnic affiliations. Made up of different stories that question the nuances between local particularity and universal character, it presents a panorama of the most significant artistic engagements of Romanian art today".

Curator: Diana Marincu

The Last Particles - solo exhibition


Feb. 8 to April 13, 2019
Opening on thursday february 7, 2019 – 6:30 pm

48 avenue Sergent Maginot
35000 Rennes

Curated by 40mcube
Produced by 40mcube / Institut Français

"Following their residence at 40mcube, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan present an exhibition that gathers both existing works and new works produced for the occasion. Through various forms (installations, sculptures, videos, performances, etc.), the artists examine the power relations, the laws and conventions that govern our societies and the citizens, and which they propose to constantly reinvent.

Their works also shed light on strategies used to institutionalize power, but also on the tension between the individual and the hierarchical systems they are confronted with. By imagining new national, cultural or ethnic affiliations, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan are interested in the notion of identity and they question our collective memory."

Global Control and Censorship at MODEM Debrecen


24 Nov. 2018 - 20 Ian. 2019

Baltazár Dezső tér 1., Debrecen, Hungary

Curators: Nolasco-Rózsás Lívia and Bernhard Serexhe

Artists:  aaajiao (CN), Hamra ABBAS (KW / US), Selma ALAÇAM (DE), Halil ALTINDERE (TR), Daniel G. ANDÚJAR (ES), Anca BENERA & Arnold ESTEFAN (RO), Osman BOZKURT (TR), James BRIDLE (GB / GR), Alice CAVOUKDJIAN dite GALLI (FR / DE), Hasan ELAHI (BD / US), Finger Pointing Worker + Kota TAKEUCHI (JP), Michael GRUDZIECKI (PL / DE), KIT-KASTEL (DE), Frédéric KRAUKE (DE), Marc LEE (CH), Virginia MASTROGIANNAKI (GR), MÁTRAI Erik (HU), Ruben PATER (NL), Dan PERJOVSCHI (RO), Ma QIUSHA (CN), Oliver RESSLER (AT), Bernhard SEREXHE (DE), Christian SIEVERS (DE), Technologie und das Unheimliche (HU/DE), Ivar VEERMÄE (EE/DE), Alex WENGER (CH / DE) & Max-Gerd RETZLAFF (DE)

Knowledge is power. And power is possessed above all by whoever controls the flow of information. The digitization of all areas of life and their networking in the infosphere have connected all people to each other all over the world. Billions of all kinds of content and data are generated every day and transmitted across the globe. Even before it reaches the recipients, massive amounts of our data are intercepted by private companies and government services, checked, and then used for their purposes.

Globally operating commercial enterprises derive huge profits from datamining and targeted marketing which allows them to exploit the individual and social dependence of their users. And with the specious argument of national security government agencies flagrantly pursue the goal of perfecting and massively expanding their collecting of data.

Has being at the mercy of overwhelmingly powerful authorities of control and censorship already become the conditio humana, the basic condition of our culture? In the currently unfolding climate of suspicion it is not unlikely that citizens will react with resignation, self-censorship, and conformity, or even silent acquiescence in the face of this ubiquitous surveillance.

Landschaft, die sich erinert


15.11.2018 – 17.03.2019

MNAC Bucharest (A cooperation between: MGK – Musem für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Universität Siegen, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, De Markten Brussels, Sint-Lukasgalerie Brussels, CZKD – Centre for Cultural Decontamination Belgrade)

Palace of the Parliament wing E4
Izvor St. 2-4, Bucharest

Artists: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefán, Marianna Christofides, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Lukas Einsele, Cyprien Gaillard, Markus Karstieß, Thomas Kellner, Susanne Kriemann, Armin Linke, Ciprian Mureșan, Andreas Mühe, Multiplicity, Alexandra Navratil, Cristian Rusu, Larisa Sitar, Milica Tomić & Sans Souci Collective, Unknown Fields of Division, Danny Veys, Paul Virilio, Kristof Vrancken and and many more.

Curators: Sandra Demetrescu, Eva Schmidt, Kai Vöckler

©Image credit: Paul Virilio, Bunker Archaeology, b/w photographs, 1958-1965. Courtesy of the artist.

Landscape is an entity in flux, to be viewed in a cultural perspective, as pictorial and internal architecture of form, and to be understood as a situation in which political and economic histories have left traces behind. Then, the question raised by the exhibition is not “why we require an image of landscape at all?”, but rather “which image of which landscape do we need?”, and “what contribution to it can be made by artistic projects?” When thinking about landscape we tend to conceive of supposedly escapist, dreamy self-forgetfulness, apparently anachronistic notions of home and fatherland, or at the opposite end of the spectrum, to the tourist clichés. But how could a contemporary image of landscape be composed, acknowledging change, thematizing destruction, and simultaneously being capable of asking questions about the preconditions to a positioning?

These basic problems represented the start of the project Remembering Landscape, which shifts the focus towards aesthetic pictorial strategies and links them to aspects of the work of remembering and mourning.

Conceived by Eva Schmidt (MGK Siegen) and Kai Vöckler (HfG Offenbach), the project was further developed in cooperation with the Center for Cultural Decontamination (Branislav Dimitrijević, Lola Joksimović), MNAC Bucharest (Călin Dan, Sandra Demetrescu), the spaces Sint Lukasgalerie and de Markten din Bruxelles (Leen Engelen, Jan Cools, Nora De Kempeneer).

MAC International Art Prize, Belfast


9 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019

The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre)
10 Exchange Street West, Belfast
BT1 2NJ Belfast 
Northern Ireland 

Spanning all three of the MAC’s galleries, MAC International provides a truly global perspective on contemporary art and presents a snapshot of some of the most urgent voices in contemporary practice operating in our world today. This year’s exhibition includes work by artists from Ireland, Italy, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, France, Turkey, Palestine, USA and Canada.

The works in MAC International 2018 take many forms; from photography and film, through to installation, sculpture and painting. Conceptually, they address some of the main concerns facing artists, and wider society, today. Many of the artworks in this year’s MAC International address issues around land, borders and territory; some through an investigation of urban spaces, others through geological or archaeological enquiry. Other works critique the legitimacy of dominant historical and political narratives or call into question the very nature of fact and fiction in our apparently "post-truth" world of fake news and social media. Other works explore more material concerns, providing investigations of particular mediums and modes of artistic expression.

The MAC International jury for 2018 comprised of Hugh Mulholland, Senior Curator at the MAC Belfast; Anne Barlow, Director at Tate St Ives; and Basak Senova, Curator, CrossSections (Vienna, Helsinki and Stockholm). 

The shortlisted artists on display in the exhibition are:

Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan / Ali Cherri / Larissa Fassler / Nikolaus Gansterer / Invernomuto (Simone Bertuzzi & Simone Trabucchi) / Ronan McCrea / Aisling O’Beirn / Vesna Pavlovic / Renata Poljak / Larissa Sansour / Ozge Topcu.



June 11 - July 11, 2018
(Manifesta 12 collateral event)

Teatro Ditirammu Palermo 
Via Torremuzza 6,
Palermo, Italy

film still from "Citrus Tristeza",  2018

Artists: Anca Benera + Arnold Estefan, Ishion Hutchinson, Concetta Modica, Sanford Biggers
Curator: Adina Drinceanu

Remembering Landscape


June 10 - September 30, 2018

Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Unteres Schloss 1
57072 Siegen, Germany

Participating artists: Marianna Christofides, Luc Delahaye, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Lukas Einsele, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán, Cyprien Gaillard, Anne Heinlein and Göran Gnaudschun, Markus Karstieß, Thomas Kellner, Jan Kempenaers, Anselm Kiefer, Aglaia Konrad, Susanne Kriemann, Armin Linke, Richard Mosse, Andreas Mühe, Multiplicity, Paul Nash, Alexandra Navratil, Milica Tomić, Unknown Fields Division, Danny Veys, Paul Virilio and Kristof Vrancken.

Curated by Eva Schmidt and Kai Vöckler

How Forests Think


7. 6. - 14. 10. 2018 

Vysočina Regional Gallery in Jihlava
Komensky Street No. 10
Jihlava, Czech Republic

opening 7. 6. 2018 at 17 pm

Artists: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefán, Pavla Dvorská, EPOS 257, Petr Gruber, Ilka Halso, Sanna Hukkanen + Inkeri Aula, Jitka Chrištofová,
Marie Ladrová, Antti Laitinen, Ondřej Maleček, Jakub Nepraš, Martyna Poznanska + Peter Cusack, Pavel Sterec + Jan Horčík + Ondřej Dadejík + Jan Brož, Petr Stibral, Rihards Vitols

Curators: Lenka Dolanová, Michal Kindernay

Exhibition design: Onkubator (Klára Zahrádková, Ondřej Trnka)

Travelling With a Blind Map


June 06 – July 06, 2018

Kisterem Gallery
Képíró utca 5, Budapest,
Hungary, 1053

Artists: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán, Hiwa K,  Kitti Gosztola and Bence György Pálinkás, Alex Mirutziu

Curator: Flóra Gadó

The Trouble with Value at Onomatopee, Eindhoven


April 21 - July 30, 2018

Willemstraat 27
5611 HB Eindhoven
The Netherlands

With the participation of: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Rachel Carey, gerlach en koop, Fokus Grupa, Karolina Grzywnowicz, Monique Hendriksen, Gert Jan Kocken in collab. with Arnoud Holleman, Kornel Janczy, Adrian Paci, Feliks Szyszko and Timm Ulrichs.
Curated by Kris Dittel (Onomatopee) and Krzysztof Sziatka (Bunkier Sztuki).

The Trouble with Value discusses the tangled story of the symbolic and economic value that a work of art holds, being a product of its maker’s labour; with an attempt to provide insights into current notions of value and value systems surrounding us. Following its first chapter at Bunkier Sztuki, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Krakow, Poland The Trouble with Value arrives with a second iteration to Onomatopee.

Is art capable of escaping (and should it) a commodity fetishism that relies on the apparent autonomy of an artwork and its aura? How can we devise other strategies to value art? The Trouble with Value highlights practices that bring us closer to understanding the potential of art to represent different notions of value in the contemporary, with particular focus on the role of language, modes of artwork’s dissemination and circulation, forms of iconoclasm and the value of artistic labour. The project attempts to locate artistic and institutional practices that offer viewpoints beyond the strategy of blending-in and conforming to the rules.

Dreams&Dramas. Law as Literature


publication, 2017
ISBN 978-3-938515-67-9

On the basis of four narrative axes – the body, community, territory and property – the book demonstrates the ways in which these concepts are in relation to and of impact to one another. In parallel, it examines the tools used by the law, such as cut and montage, indirect speech, and legal fiction.

Editors: Agneszka Killian
in colaboration with Joerg Franzbecker and Jaro Varga

With textual&visual contributions by: Carlos Amorales, Anca Benera+Arnold Estefan, Patrick Bernier, Ernst Bloch, Anna Bottomley & Hilary Lim, Colin Dayan, Kieran Dolin, Costas Douzinas, Marina Gržinić, Debora Hirsch & iaia filiberti, Ran Hirschl & Ayelet Shachar, Valerio Nitrato Izzo, Ivan Jurica Agnieszka Kilian, franck leibovici & Julien Seroussi, Bruno Latour, Danilo Madič, Kathryn Milun & Geralad Torres, Evgeny Pashukanis, Rupali Patil, Agnieszka Piksa, Alicja Rogalska, Issa G.Shiviji, Kama Sokolnicka, Agata Stajer, Mateusz Stępień, Jasper J. Verlinden, Lee Ann S. Wang

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The Call of the Outside - solo exhibition at


January 23 - February 20, 2018
str. Brassai Sámuel. nr. 5, Cluj

"Bucharest-based artists Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán presented their project Debrisphera at the Vienna MUMOK in autumn 2017. Debrisphera is a concept coined by the two artists to designate: “a yet unnamed stratum of the Earth’s crust, a supra-stratum of the Lithosphere which contains the worldwide man-made landscapes, artificial mountains, military coral reefs, and other similar constructions around the world resulting from, or still serving, conflict and war”
The artists have devised their Cluj project The Call of the Outside as a second and complementary part to Debrisphera, dealing with space exodus on the general and with the onset of debris era."
curator: Attila Tordai

Ground Control - solo exhibition at Centrala Gallery, Birmingham


3 January – 31 March 2018

Unit 4 Minerva Works
158 Fazeley Street
Birmingham, UK

Natural Histories at MUMOK Vienna


copyright photo Klaus Pichler

Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

Artists: Jonathas de Andrade, Mirosław Bałka, Heimrad Bäcker, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Matthew Buckingham, Mark Dion, Stan Douglas, Andrea Geyer, Ion Grigorescu, Hans Haacke, Candida Höfer, Sanja Iveković, Alfredo Jaar, Sven Johne, Nikita Kadan, Tatiana Lecomte, Christian Kosmas Mayer, Isa Melsheimer, Mario Merz, Christian Philipp Müller, OHO Gruppe, Hélio Oiticica, Anri Sala, Sigma Gruppe, Margherita Spiluttini, Ingeborg Strobl, Sandra Vitaljić, Lois Weinberger, Christopher Williams

Curated by Rainer Fuchs

"The exhibition Natural Histories. Traces of the Political explores representations of nature in reference to social processes and historical events. Looking at various themes, these works show the mutual interrelations between nature and history beyond all idyllic idealization.
The presentation spans the period from the 1960s to the present, beginning with works of conceptual art that reflect on both the conditions of artistic production and reception and also their social dimensions and critiques of history. Artists of the next generation draw on the traditions of critiques of colonialism and of society, and transfer and update these into their own contemporary environments.
Depictions of nature also play a role in works that look at issues like genocide or internment, flight, and resistance in the context of totalitarian systems and military conflicts. A further theme is the transformation of public and historical places by natural processes. Nature claims everything back and becomes a sign of historical change".

Off Biennale 2, Budapest


Gaudiopolis 2017 – The City of Joy
September 29 - November 5, 2017

Artists: Albert Ádám, Can Altay, Altorjay Gábor, Akademia Ruchu, Zbynĕk Baladrán, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Cséfalvay András, Anetta Mona Chişa – Lucia Tkáčová, El-Hassan Róza, Ember Sári, Erhardt Miklós, Erlich Gábor, Andreas Fogarasi, Tomislav Gotovac, Ion Grigorescu, Gróf Ferenc, Nicoline van Harskamp, Sanja Iveković, Sven Johne, Kaszás Tamás – Loránt Anikó (ex-artists’ collective), KissPál Szabolcs, Milan Knížák, Kokesch Ádám, Eva Kotátková, Július Koller, Jiří Kovanda, Kristóf Gábor, Kristóf Krisztián, KwieKulik, Lakner Antal, Lakner László, László Gergely –Katarina Šević, Armin Linke, Kis Varsó / Little Warsaw, Lowas Péter, Dušan Makavejev, Maljusin Mihály, Alexander Manuiloff, Maurer Dóra, Mikulán Dávid, Ewa Partum, Manuel Pelmuş, R.E.P., SLAVS AND TATARS, Mladen Stilinović, Sugár János and many more.

Please Come Back: The World as Prison?




240 pages

English / Italian

Softcover, 16,5 x 23,5 cm

ISBN 9788867492633

edited by Hou Hanru and Luigia Lonardelli.
Texts by Hou Hanru and Luigia Lonardelli, Tiziano Bonini, Simone Ciglia, Patricia de Vries and Geert Lovink, and Luca Quattrocchi
contributors: Alfredo Jaar, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Jill Magid, Jonas Mekas, Coco Fusco, Harun Farocki, Hito Steyerl, Metahaven, Halil Altindere and many others.

The exponential development of digital technologies, the advent of social networks, and big data have progressively and inexorably changed our society. We are witnessing the collapse of philosophies of social and urban sharing and the establishment of a new regime that in the name of security is stripping us, with our consent, of every intimate and personal space. The exhibition Please Come Back. The World as Prison? starts out from these considerations to investigate our contemporary society. Control and power systems are explored both physically and metaphorically, seeking an answer to the question: What would we like back in our lives from the “paradise lost” of the modern age? Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at the MAXXI museum, this catalogue features more than fifty works by twenty-six artists that treat prison as a metaphor for the contemporary world, and the contemporary world as a metaphor for prison: technological, hyper-connected, shared, and ever more closely controlled.

Dreams & Dramas. Law as literature


10 March – 7 May 2017
Exhibition, Events, Publication

nGbK Berlin (neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst )
Oranienstraße 25
10999 Berlin

Opening: 9 March 2017, 19h

Curatorial group: Anna Bromley, Wojtek Gasiorowski, Kaja Gliwa, Agnieszka Kilian, Alicja Rogalska, Jaro Varga

Artists: Carlos Amorales, Monika Drożyńska, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Debora Hirsch & Ilia Filiberti, Ivan Jurica, Grzegorz Królikiewicz, Bruno Latour, Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin, Rupali Patil, Olivier Ressler, Alicja Rogalska, franck leibovici & Julien Seroussi, Christa Wolf, Sönke Hallman & Inga Zimprich

How might we speak about law? Models of reading are the key that give the access to the power of naming, therefore they are guarded. Dreams&Dramas takes on the relationship between law and reality and points out its ambivalent nature: law both describes and establishes reality, it also brings us to life - as legal subjects or citizens. The interpenetration of the world, law and text also forces us to ask questions about different models of perception and interpretation of law: law as justice and justice as law.

Sights and Sounds: Highlights at The Jewish Museum NY


February 5 - June 30, 2016

Jewish Museum, New York
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York, NY 10128

Artists: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan (Romania); Mika Rottenberg (Israel); Oscar Muñoz (Colombia); Studio Revolt + Khmer Arts (Cambodia); Regina Parra (Brazil); Eliana Otta (Peru); Robert Arndt (Canada); Iris Buchholz Chocolate (Angola); Chen Shaoxiong (China);Salomé Lamas (Portugal); Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore); Karolina BreguÅ‚a (Poland);Angelica Mesiti (Australia); Nevin AladaÄŸ (Turkey); UuDam Tran Nguyen (Vietnam); Edgardo Aragón (Mexico); Katarina Ševic and Tehnica Schweiz (Hungary); Uche Okpa-Iroha (Nigeria); Ranbir Kaleka (India); Vanessa Portieles and Yanelvis González (Cuba); Shannon Te Ao (New Zealand); Martha Atienza (Philippines); Leticia Obeid (Argentina); Dineo Seshee Bopape (South Africa); Ishu Han (Japan).

Features key work by 25 artists from around the world, presented as the final installment in the Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video exhibition series.

Universal Hospitality 2., Prague


Opening 3. March, 2017

Meetfactory Gallery
3.3. – 1.6.2017

Oliver Ressler, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Victor Lopez Gonzales, Artur Żmijewski, Rafani Group, Halil Altendere, G.R.A.M. Group,
Marina Naprushkina, Núria Güell, Hito Steyerl, Martin Krenn

Kostka Gallery
3.3. – 1.6.2017

Szabolcs Kisspal

Futura Gallery
3.3. – 16.4.2017

András Cséfalvay, Borsos Lőrincz, Martin Piaček, Michal Moravčík, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Csaba Nemes, Yevgenij Fiks, Erdem Gündüz
Dante Buu, Gülsün Karamustafa, Tomáš Rafa, Pavel Sterec, Yevgenij Fiks, Damian Le Bass

Curators: Edit András, Birgit Lurz, Ilona Németh, Wolfgang Schlag

We Only Went to NASA Together at MAK Center, Los Angeles


March 11 – March 18, 2016

An exhibition by the 41st group of MAK Center’s Artists and Architects-in-Residence.

Bucharest-based artists Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan understood the Southern California landscape as currently and historically an extension of the military imagination, connecting disparate points to look back to their home along the NATO frontier. For their Final Projects installation in the Mackey Garage Top, Benera and Estefan presented a three-part installation using Google maps, military surplus materials, historic imagery, and a diagram of the ‘political equator.’