Benera and Estefan
Citrus Tristeza, 2018
HD video, 15min.,14sec.

Citrus Tristeza is a virus that has led to the death of millions of citrus trees worldwide and made several others million unfit for production. By a tragic coincidence, the appearance of the virus coincides with the emergence of fascism in Europe.

The performance created by the artists and reported in the video consists in writing with lemons in the public space in Palermo, on buildings, ruins, or on the sidewalk. The lemon juice slowly evaporates, leading to the disappearance of the text before it can be read by the inhabitants. Anca Benera & Arnold Estefán also make a link with agricultural productivism in Italy, which has led to a sharp increase in exports and the exploitation of migrants, often from Romania or Eastern Europe, who are forced to remain silent because of their precarious situation.