Benera and Estefan
Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan are collaborators who have worked together since 2011, currently based in Vienna and Bucharest. Their work in installation, video and performance uses research-based methodologies to reveal the invisible patterns that lie behind certain historical, social, or geopolitical narratives. Their recent work investigates the phenomenon of man-made landscapes around the world, where the making and marking of landscape (as a form of spatial modification) goes hand in hand with heightened state violence and the overexploitation of resources. 

They are the recipients of The Birgit Jürgenssen Prize 2022, awarded by The Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and currently they are holding the position of Creative Fellows at UCL’s, Postsocialist Art Centre in London.

contact: ancabenera.arnoldestefan [at]

Solo Exhibitions (selection):
2023  Rehearsals for Peace, n.b.k. Berlin, DE (upcoming)
2021   Subnature, Trafo Gallery, Budapest, HU
2019   The Driving Force of all Nature, Tobacco 001 Cultural Centre, Ljubljana, SI
2019   The Last Particles, 40mcube, Rennes, FR
2019   What Ties Us Together, LaBF15, Lyon, FR
2018   Ground Control, Centrala Gallery, Birmingham, UK
2018   The Call of the Outside,, RO
2016   We Only Went to NASA Together, MAK Center, Los Angeles, US
2015   Under the Current Circumstances, IG Bildende Kunst Gallery, Vienna, AT
2013   We Were So Few and So Many Of Us Are Left, Budapest, HU
2013   Compensation for the Lack of Resources, Ivan Gallery, Bucharest, RO
2013   We Were So Few and So Many Of Us Are Left, Bucharest, RO
2012   Pacta sunt servanda, Teatru Spalatorie, Chisinau, MD
2011   Catedra de Istorie Temporara, Magma Contemporary Art Space, Sfantu Gheorghe, RO

Group Exhibitions (selection):


The Elixir of Life, Museum Brot und Kunst, Ulm, DE (upcoming)
Das Brotbaumregime, Sauerland Museum, Arnsberg, DE (upcoming)
Inventory of the Week, CNDB sala Omnia, Bucharest, RO
Chronic Desire - Sete cronica, "Corneliu Mikloși" Museum, Timisoara, RO
Research for tomorrow. Video-dioramas, Rezidenta 9, Bucharest, RO

Artists' Film International, Whitechapel Gallery, London
The cockerel with black wings: A ecovered heirloom, Das Weisse Haus, Vienna 
Artists' Film International, GAMeC, Bergamo, IT
Biennale Zielona Góra 2022: Renewal, Poland
The Taste of Water, Exhibit Gallery, Vienna
Territories of Waste, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
Biennale Matter of Art, Prague, CZ
Weather Engines, Onassis Stegi, Athens, Greece

39th EVA International Biennial, Limerick, IRL 
The Normal, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
On Reading as a Social Relation,, RO
Land, possessions and commons, public art project, Semmering, Lower Austria
Overview Effect, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Serbia
Horizons, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, DE
Mars Can Wait,
Slow Life: Radical Practices of the Everyday, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, HU
Entangled Tales, public video art program, (Skanstull subway station), Stockholm, SE

Potential Worlds 2: ECO-FICTIONS, Migros Museum, Zurich, CH
Slow Life, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, DE
Fiber Festival Amsterdam, NL
Overview Effect, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Serbia
Probabilities Around the Center,
Unstable State of Things, Glassyard Gallery, Budapest, HU
Being Outside, Belvedere 21, Vienna, AT
Retusalt Erdely, Studio Gallery, Budapest, HU/ Magma, Sf. Gheorghe, RO

3rd Art Encounters Biennial, Timisoara, RO
Rethinking the image of the world, Musee Mill la Louviere, BE
Picture This | selected pasts, subverted facts, Budapest Gallery, HU
Artistic Enquiries into Plants,, RO
Silent Narratives, MOCA Yinchuan, China
Exhibit A, City Art Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
Transylvania Retouched. A Matter of Landscape and Representation, Romanian Cultural Institute, Berlin, DE
Убежище / Suoja / Shelter Festival, Helsinki, FI
Liquid Horizons, Bratsilava, SK
Persona, MUCEM Marseille, FR
Ex-east, Espace Niemeyer (Headquarters of the French Communist Party), Paris, FR

MAC International  2018, Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, N-IRL
Manufacturing Nature / Naturalizing The Synthetic, Frac des Pays de la Loire,  Nantes, FR
Landscape that Remembers, MNAC Bucharest, RO
Global Control and Censorship, Center for Modern and Contemporary Art - MODEM, Debrecen, HU
Landscape that Remembers, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, DE
Protect me from what I want, Island Art Space, Brussels , BE
Calorie (Eat Art Documentary Exhibition),  Magma Contemporary Art Space, Sf. Gheorghe, RO
Travelling with a Blind Map, Kisterem Gallery, Budapest, HU
Ozio, Manifesta 12 collateral event, Teatro Ditirammu, Palermo, IT
The Trouble with Value, Onomatopee Project Space, Eidhoven, NL
How Forests Think, Vysočina Regional Gallery, Jihlava, CZ
Pretty soon if this keeps up I'm going to have to envelop the entire universe, Gdańsk City Gallery, PL

Natural Histories, Traces of the Political, MUMOK, Vienna, AT
Gaudiopolis 2017 – The City of Joy, Off Biennale 2, Budapest, HU
Remastered, Kunsthalle Krems, AT
Life a User's Manual, Art Encounters Biennial, Timisoara, RO
Fleeting Territories, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna, AT
Dreams&Dramas. Law as Literature, NGBK Berlin, DE
netWorks, Magma Contemporary Art Space Sf. Gheorghe, B5 Studio Tg. Mures, RO
Universal Hospitality, Center For Contemporary Art Futura, MeetFactory, Prague, CZ

The Measure of our Traveling Feet,   Marres | House for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, NL 
Sights and Sounds: Highlights, The Jewish Museum, New York, US
BIEFF, Experimental Film Festival, Bucharest, RO
Universal Hospitality, Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, AT
GLOBALE: Global Control and Censorship, ZKM | Karlsruhe, DE

Our Land/Alien Territory, special project of 6th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, RU
The School of Kyiv – The Biennale, Kyiv, UA
Walking without Footprints,, Bratislava, SK
Austeria, BWA Sokol, Nowy Sacz, PL
Ideas for Change, 1st Vienna Biennale, MAK, Vienna, AT
Check Your Head!, Off Biennale Budapest, HU
Embodied Resilience,, Berlin, DE
Pocket Revolutions, Korea Foundation, Seoul, HK
Private Nationalism, Open Gallery, Bratislava, SK

Der Brancusi-Effekt, Kunsthalle Wien, AT
Sights and Sounds, Global Film and Video, The Jewish Museum, New York, US
Ways of Working, According to an Office Desk, Upominki, Rotterdam, NL
A Few Grams of Red, Yellow, Blue. New Romanian Art, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
Art Under a Dangerous Star: The Responsibilty of Art,, Budapest, HU
Hot & Cold: Revolution in the Present Tense, public art event, Cluj and Timisoara, RO
Mundus vadit retro, KIBLA PORTAL, Maribor, SI
Waiting Spaces, Public Art Festival, Timisoara, RO
Like a Bird. Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art,, Bucharest, RO
Private Nationalism, m 21 Gallery, Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, Pécs, HU

Mom, am I barbarian?, 13th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, TR
Like a Bird. Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art, Trafo Gallery, Budapest, HU
oeconomy, an already tumultuous landscape where phantasms cross, Oberwelt, Stuttgart, DE
Video a-i-r, Galerie ArtPoint, Vienna, AT
Days of Labour, Nights of Leisure –Art as the Disruption of Everyday Life, Knoll Gallery, Budapest, HU
Come and Go, Schweizerische Botschaft, Vienna, AT
Measures of Saving the World, < rotor >, Graz, AT

Intense Proximity, La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR
Winning Hearts and Minds, lecture-performance within the project conducted by Critical Art Ensemble at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, DE
Global fara globalizare. De la matematica pana în China, Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest, RO
Inexactly This, Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam, NL
Art or Life: aesthetics and biopolitics, curated by_vienna 2012, Vienna, AT

BIEFF, Experimental Film Festival, Bucharest, RO

2022  Birgit Jurgenssen Award, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (winner)
2018  MAC International 2018, Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast (shortlisted)
2015  Create Your Bucharest! 1st Vienna Biennale, MAK, Vienna (special prize)
2012  Henkel Art Award Central and Eastern Europe, MUMOK, Vienna (shortlisted)

Curatorial projects within the framework of the Centre for Visual Introspection (selection):
2012   The Imaginary Institution, La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR
2012   The Imaginary Institution, Inexactly This, Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam, NL
2011    Self Publishing in Times of Freedom and Repression, lectures and workshop, CVI Bucharest, RO
2011    Inventory, within the framework of Thessaloniki Biennale 3, Thessaloniki, GR
2010   Where Art Does Take Place in the End Times?, Caminul Cultural, Bucharest, RO
2010   Making Off, CVI, Bucharest, RO
2008  Ars Telefonica, public art project, Bucharest, RO

Residencies and Scholarships:
2023 Off Season, Radhimë, Vlora, Albania (May)
2021  Academy Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (Oct.- Dec.)
2019  Agosto Fundation, Prague (Nov.-Dec.)
2019  EVA International & Magic Carpet, Limerick, Irland (August)
2019  Tobacco 001 Cultural Centre, Ljubljana, SL (May.-Jun.)
2019  LaBF15, Lyon, FR (Mar.-Apr.)
2019  40mcube, Rennes, FR (Jan.-Feb.)
2018  Frac des Pays de la Loire, Nantes, FR (Sept.-Nov.)
2017  MeetFactory, Prague, CZ (Iun.-Aug.)
2015  MAK Schindler Scholarship Program, Los Angeles, US (Oct. 2015 – Mar. 2016)
2015  AIR Krems, Kunsthalle Krems, AT (Jan.-Mar.)
2013  KulturKontakt, Vienna, AT (Mar.-May)

Publications, artist books and contributions (selection):
2021 Manufacturing nature /Naturalizing the synthetic, Published by FRAC Pays de la Loire, Nantes
2020 Encircling the Image of Trauma, Edited by Matei Bellu and Emilie Bujès, Published by Archive Books, Berlin
2019 DEBRISPHERE - Landscape as an extension of the military imagination, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Published by PUNCH, Bucharest
2018 Metaphor. Protest. Concept. Performance Art from Romania and Moldova, published by IDEA, RO
2017 Dreams & Dramas. Law as literature, published by nGbK, Berlin
2017  Please Come Back: The World as Prison, published by Mousse Publishing and MAXXI Rome
2015  River Ecologies: Contemporary Art and Environmental Humanities on the Danube, published by Translocal Institute, Budapest
2014  38,88%, published by pplus4 Association and Ivan Gallery, Bucharest
2014  From object to subject, IDEA art + society, nr. 44 (24 pages insert), Cluj
2011  Bucharest: Matter & History. The public monument and its discontents (author Anca Benera), published by ICR, Bucharest
2011  Hard Edit. Self Publishing in Times of Freedom and Repression, publication published by CVI Bucharest

Bibliography (selection):
2022 Art and Climate Change  (World of Art), ed. Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Published by Thames & Hudson
2020 Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950 (World of Art), ed. Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Published by Thames & Hudson
2020 Romanian Contemporary Art 2010–2020. Rethinking the Image of the World: Projects and Sketches, Ed. Adrian Bojenoiu, Cristian Nae, Published by Hatje Cantz
2020 The Trouble with Value, Ed. Kris Dittel, Published by Onomatopee
2020 Potential Worlds, Planetary Memories & Eco-Fictions, Ed. Suad Garayeva-Maleki & Heike Munder, Published by Migros Museum, Yarat and Scheidegger & Spiess
2017  Natural Histories Traces of the Political, Ed. Rainer Fuchs / mumok Wien, Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, Koln

Reviews, Writings and Interviews (selection):
2021: "Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan at Trafo Gallery", Krisztián Gábor Török,, December, 2021
2021:  "Anca Benera & Arnold Estefán: A természetalatti",, December, 2021
2021: "Kell-e aggódnunk, ha a gombák úgyis túlélnek mindent és mindenkit?", Flora Gado,, December, 2021
2021: "‘Subnature’ by Anca Benera & Arnold Estefán",, December, 2021
2021: "Gomba es gyemant", Dekei Kriszta, Magyar Narancs, November, 2021
2021: "Művészetté lett lelet", Kőrösi Boglárka, Élet és Irodalom, November, 2021
2021: "Examining the Normal at Edinburgh’s Talbot Rice Gallery", Julie Boyne,, June, 2021
2020: "Slow Life: Radical Practices of the Everyday", Tyrus Miller,, July, 2020
2020: "Machinic Leviathan", Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás,, May, 2020
2020: "Kontingens környezet.A határok átlépése", Fülöp Tímea,, September, 2020
2020: "Nekem Trianon ...", Nagy Gergely,, May, 2020
2020: "Elfújja a szél? - Art Encounters Biennálé", LÁZÁR Eszter,, March, 2020
2019: "Re: Groups", Regine Ehleiter & Lucy Lipard, Camera Austria, no. 147, 2019
2019: "ART ENCOUNTERS BIENNIAL 2019: Strategic Ambiguity of Negotiation", Alex Mirutziu,, October, 2019
2019: "Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan - The Last Particles - at 40mcube, Rennes",, April, 2019
2019: "Floating perspectives. The darker sides of modernization", Flóra Gadó,, August, 2019
2019: "What Can We Learn About Art Fairs From Liste, Basel’s Platform for Emerging Talent?", Tim Schneider,
  ,  June 2019
2019: "The Artists Everyone Talked about during Art Basel in Basel", Alina Cohen,, June 2019
2019: "What Ties Us Together",, April, 2019
2019: "Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan - The Last Particles",, March, 2019
2019: " PERSONA, oeuvres d’artistes Roumains", April, 2019
2019: "Perspectives Roumaines - 30 Ans apres", Magda Carneci, Artpress 463, February, 2019
2018: " Let’s talk performance art",  Marina Oprea,, May, 2018
2018: "Manifesta Biennale | Ecco cosa vedere: ReSignifications, Ozio, Giochi Senza Frontiere, Black Med, In Silenzio",  Johanne Affricot,
  , June 2018
2018: “Ozio”,, June 2018
2018: "Ozio, una mostra sullo scorrere del tempo al Teatro Ditirammu di Palermo", Desirée Maida,, June 2018
2018: "Let’s talk performance art", Marina Oprea,, May 2018
2018: "Ground Control by Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan at Centrala Gallery",, February, 2017
2017 " Natural Histories: Traces of the Political", Max L. Feldman,, November, 2017
2017 "Jus soil", Flóra Gadó,, November, 2017
2017 "Holobiontul, publicul și psihiatria. De trei ori performance", Iulia Popovici,, November, 2017
2017 "In Bucharest, contemporary art is independent", Gabi Scardi,, November, 2017
2017 "The Artist As… – On the works of Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán", Flóra Gadó, / east art mags, November, 2017
2017 "Zwischen Geschichte und Aufbruch", Roland Schöny,, September, 2017
2017 "Globális vendégszeretet – szemben a nemzeti ellenségeskedéssel", Katarína Karafová,, May, 2017
2017 "A refugee in a gallery", Jakub Gawkowski,, August, 2017
2016 "Kun je (post-Trump) nog optimistisch zijn over migratie?", Domeniek Ruyters, Metropolis M, Issue no.6, December, 2016
2016 "Dromadrone", Morgan Labar,, Iun. 2016
2016 "Urban Wildlife: The Human Influence on the Social Life of Birds",, Aug. 2016
2016 "Brot aus Omas zermahlenen Möbeln", Johannes Luxner,, May 2016
2015 "Disputed Territories, Uncertain Positions", Sergey Guskov,, Oct, 2015
2015 "When powerless becomes form", Barbara Dudas in conversation with A. Benera & A. Estefan,, May, 2015
2015 "Disputed Territories, Uncertain Positions", Sergey Guskov,, Oct, 2015
2015 " The Power of the Many", Roland Schöny,, May, 2015
2015 "Itt és mást. Mi változik az OFF után?, Nagy Gergely,, Iun. 2015
2014 „Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan“, Amy Bryzgel,
2014 "Kortars kepzomuveszeti het Becsben", Lesi Anita, Lesi Zoltan, Balkon, Issue #11-12, Dec. 2014
2014 "Urban Wildlife Urban Wildlife: The Human Influence on the Social Life of Birds", Maja & Reuben Fowkes in conversation with
            A. Benera & A. Estefan,
2014 "Contemporary Art in Romania", Simona Nastac,, Mar. 2014
2014 "Mint a muvészet", Frazon Zsófia,, Jan, 2014
2014 “Madarat tolláról: szárnyasok a Trafóban”, Gadó Flóra,, Jan, 2014
2013 „Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan“, Daria Ghiu, Artforum, September Issue
2013 "Uygar dunyanin barbar bienali", Evrim Altug, ART Unlimited, Issue #23, Oct. 2013
2013 „A nemzeti identitásra úgy tekintünk, mint egy bélyegre”, Muskovics Gyula in conversation with A. Benera & A. Estefan,
 , Oct. 2013
2013 "Das Perpetuum Mobile und die Samenkanone", Wenzel Mraek,, Jun, 2013
2013 "Yeni baylayanlar için Bienal", Lora Sali,, Sept. 2013
2012 "Die Räume anderer Museen durchwandern", Roland Schöny, FAQ Magazine, Issue #19
2010 "X-raying the Landscape of our subzistence: the Center for Visual Introspection", IDEA art & society magazine, Issue #35, 2010

Works in Public Collections
FRAC Pays de la Loire, Nantes, FR
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k. Berlin), DE
Collection Collective (
National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, RO