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Wiener Festwochen - Into the City

13 May - 19 June 2016

Alte Post
Dominikanerbastei 11
1010 Vienna

Artists: Anca Benera / Arnold Estefan, Dante Buu, András Cséfalvay, Petra Gerschner, GLUKLYA / Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya, Szabolcs KissPál, Martin Krenn, Lisbeth Kovacic, Tomasz Kulka, Sanja Iveković, Damian Le Bas, Delaine Le Bas, Lőrinc Borsos, Marina Naprushkina, Csaba Nemes, Adrian Paci, Martin Piaček, Lisl Ponger, R.E.P. Group, Oliver Ressler, Mykola Ridnyi, Marika Schmiedt, Société Réaliste / Ferenc Gróf, Lucia Tkáčová-Anetta Mona Chisa, Artur Zmijewski
Curators: Edit András, Birgit Lurz, Ilona Németh, Wolfgang Schlag

MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles


"We Only Went to NASA Together"- an exhibition by the 41st group of MAK Center’s Artists and Architects-in-Residence
Mackey Apartments
1137 S Cochran Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

"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."

Jewish Museum New York

Sights and Sounds: Highlights
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.

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 Breguła (Poland);Angelica Mesiti (Australia); Nevin Aladağ (Turkey); UuDam Tran Nguyen (Vietnam); Edgardo Aragón (Mexico); Katarina Šević 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).

MAK Center for Art and Architecture Los Angeles, residency program

from 5 October - 18 March 2016

11 December 2015 – 27 February 2016
Opening: 11.12. 2015 at 6.00 p.m.
Venue:, Beskydská 12, Bratislava
Curators: Maja and Reuben Fowkes
Participating artists: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Fokus Grupa (Iva Kovač / Elvis Krstulović), Oto Hudec, Michal Kindernay, Cecylia Malik, Davor Sanvincenti

"To walk in the landscape today is to do so with awareness of the anthropogenic transformation of the natural world, while walking in the urban environment synchronises the rhythm of our steps with the great acceleration of the high-tech city. The sensory experience of strolling, hiking or rambling creates the conditions for uncharted reflection, providing space and time for observation, contemplation and engagement with the material world. Walking is however as much historically-conditioned as it is an innate human experience and in the current moment of ecological crisis the familiar ways of walking, from the determined strides of the wilderness explorer to the carefree saunter of the urban flâneur, are shaken by the encroaching prospect of climate change.
This exhibition investigates how in today’s twenty-four seven culture, where minimising time and maximising speed is a prerequisite, the choice to move through the world at a pace of five kilometres an hour could create the conditions to reconnect with ecological realities.
Walking without Footprints considers artistic practices that address walking as a strategy to rethink our relationship to the natural environment and devise exquisite tactics for uncovering new vistas of the overbuilt city".
(Maja and Reuben Fowkes)

Benera and Estefan interview:


Under the Current Circumstances ...

17 Nov. 2015 - 10 Jan. 2016
Gumpendorfer Straße 10-12


Berlin-based DICKERSBACH KUNSTVERLAG presents the second issue of PRŌTOCOLLUM, an annually published artists’ journal dedicated to non-Western contemporary visual artists, art narratives and art history. Honouring its motto Global Perspectives on Visual Vocabulary, PRŌTOCOLLUM’s issue for 2015/16 features contributions by 92 visual artists and art collectives from 53 countries across Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.

Contributors: Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme (Palestine), Vyacheslav Akhunov (Uzbekistan), Karo Akpokiere (Nigeria), Ammar Al-Beik (Syria), Yuri Albert (Russia), Halil Altindere (Turkey), Jude Anogwih (Nigeria), Alexander Apóstol (Venezuela), Luis Cruz Azaceta (Cuba), Cheikhou Bâ (Senegal), Fayçal Baghriche (Algeria), Ali Banisadr (Iran), Jean-Pierre Bekolo (Cameroon), Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan (Romania), Irina Botea (Romania), Luis Camnitzer (Uruguay), Nidhal Chamekh (Tunisia), Chen Chieh-jen (Taiwan), Chto Delat (Russia), Tiffany Chung (Vietnam), Carlos Cruz-Diez (Venezuela), Blue Curry (Bahamas), Danica Dakić (Bosnia), Gohar Dashti (Iran), Jose Dávila (Mexico), Gilles Elie-Dit-Cosaque (France), Patricia Esquivias (Venezuela), Etcetera (Argentina/Chile), İnci Eviner (Turkey), Rita Fischer (Uruguay), Fokus Grupa (Croatia), Jeanno Gaussi (Afghanistan), Kendell Geers (South Africa), Gil & Moti (Israel), Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid (Slovenia), Rula Halawani (Palestine), Hoang Duong Cam (Vietnam), HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican?, IRWIN Group (Slovenia), Délio Jasse (Angola), Hiwa K (Iraq), Šejla Kamerić (Bosnia), Krištof Kintera (Czech Republic), Barbora Kleinhamplová (Czech Republic), Katarzyna Kozyra (Poland), Wiz Kudowor (Ghana), Nedim Kufi (Iraq), Miriam Syowia Kyambi (Kenya), Lee Yongbaek (Korea), Zbigniew Libera (Poland), Lucía Madriz (Costa Rica), MAP Office (Morocco/France), Misheck Masamvu (Zimbabwe), Vincent Michéa (France/Senegal), Ivan Moudov (Bulgaria), Lada Nakonechna (Ukraine), Moataz Nasr (Egypt), Aimé Ntakiyica (Burundi), Mahmoud Obaidi (Iraq), OPAVIVARÁ! (Brazil), Open Group (Ukraine), Luis González Palma (Guatemala), Jorge Pardo (Cuba), Pratchaya Phinthong (Thailand), Cameron Platter (South Africa), Shahpour Pouyan (Iran), Ana Prvački (Serbia), Pors & Rao (India/Denmark), Mykola Ridnyi (Ukraine), Luciana Rondolini (Argentina), Steve Sabella (Palestine), Georges Senga (Congo), Sheng Qi (China), Regina Silveira (Brazil), Dimitar Solakov (Bulgaria), Sun Yuan & Peng Yu (China), Teppei Kaneuji (Japan), Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon), Tromarama (Indonesia), Rodrigo Valenzuela (Chile), Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor (Romania/Switzerland), Ryszard Waśko (Poland), Pavel Wolberg (Russia), Nil Yalter (Turkey), Héctor Zamora (Mexico), Arseny Zhilyaev (Russia).

ZKM | Karlsruhe

Global Control and Censorship

ZKM | Karlsruhe, Germany
03.10.2015 - 01.05.2016

Knowledge is power. And power is possessed especially by whoever controls the flow of information. This applies particularly in digital culture, where all the information in the World Wide Web can be manipulated, uncontrolled. For a long time, a hope for new forms of democratic participation arose from the use of these digital instruments, but recently they have been misused as the ideal door opener for the surveillance of billions of people. Democratic states have long reserved the right to spy even on their »friends«, in all military, economic, and social aspects, and on all levels: governments, organizations, NGOs, and individual citizens are all under surveillance.
Besides mass analysis of communications metadata and massive access to personal data, there is increasingly open or clandestine censorship through manipulation or shutting down. Where the fear of this threat has no effect, the secrecy of important information is enforced, with methods ranging from hindering publication to kidnapping and assassinating journalists. Being at the mercy of overwhelmingly powerful authorities of control and censorship has become the conditio humana of our time. Today a large part of the public has already resigned in the face of a ubiquitous state and commercial surveillance.

This exhibition is based on the collaboration with a network of scientists, journalists, activists, and artists in some twenty countries around the world, and in cooperation with expert organizations such as the German PEN Center, the Chaos Computer Club, Reporters Without Borders, and such platforms as netzpolitik. org,, WikiLeaks, and others. The exhibition’s aim is to expand public debate about the ever-present surveillance and censorship methods, which is an urgent priority not only due to constant new reports in the media, but especially because of the extensive obstruction of the investigation of these practices.

Contributors: aaajiao (Xu Wenkai), Hamra Abbas, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Selma Alaçam, Halil Altindere, Jacob Appelbaum, Olivia Arthur, Sophia Bauer, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Michael Bielicky & Kamila B. Richter, Zach Blas, Osman Bozkurt, James Bridle, Gonçalo F. Cardoso, Alice Cavoudjian, Chen Ching-Yao, James Coupe, Maxim Dondyuk, Hasan Elahi, Mounir Fatmi, Lutz Fetzer, Finger Pointing Worker + Kota Takeuchi, Daniel G. Andújar, Fidel García, Benjamin Gaulon, Laurent Grasso, Michael Grudziecki, Holly Herndon, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, Jonathon Keats, Martin Lukas Kim, Andée Korpys & Marcus Löffler, Joe Krasean, Frédéric Krauke, Kwan Sheung Chi, Marc Lee, Alexander Lehmann, Milica Lopičić, Jorge Loureiro, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jonas Lund, Jill Magid, Virginia Mastrogiannaki, Erik Mátrai,, Metahaven, Tomomi Morishima, Jens Mühlhoff, Gerardo Nolasco Magaña, Chris Oakley, Şener Özmen, Trevor Paglen, Ruben Pater, Dieter, Paul, Chantal Peñalosa, Dan Perjovschi, Axel Philipp, Sascha Pohle, Ma Qiusha, Oliver Ressler, Khvay Samnang, Julia Scher, Shinseungback, Kimyonghun, Christian Sievers, Hito Steyerl, Svay Sareth, Team Titanic, Wilko Thiele, UBERMORGEN.COM, Young-Hae Chang Heavy, Industries, Damian Weber & Elisabeth Pleß, Moritz Walser, Alex Wenger & Max-Gerd Retzlaff
Curators: Bernhard Serexhe
Lívia Rózsás (Co-Curator)

special event of the 6th Moscow Biennale

Our Land / Alien Territory

Central Manege,
1 Manege Square, Moscow
September 16–October 7, 2015
Opening: September 15, 7pm

Our Land/ Alien Territory is a large-scale exhibition involving both international and Russian artists, focused on the phenomenon of disputed territories – geographical spaces, whose legal and political status is disputed at the very least by two states.
Curator: Yulia Aksenova
Artists: Maja Bajevic, Aleksandr Barkovskiy, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Sergey Bratkov, Tiffany Chung, Shezad Dawood, Danica Dakic, Sophie Ernst, Sofya Gavrilova, Aslan Gaisumov, Shilpa Gupta, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Albert Heta, Elizabeth Hoak-Doering, Sitara Ibragimova, Amar Kanwar, David-Perez Karmadavis, Yulia Kazas, Taus Makhacheva, Anja Medved, Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Igor Mukhin, Mehreen Murtaza, Nira Pereg, Dan Peterman, Tenzing Rigdol, Kristina Romanova, Stefan Rusu, Shahzia Sikander, Motoyuki Shitamichi and Urban Fauna Lab

“The School of Kyiv” - The Biennale


“The School of Kyiv”
8 September – 1 November 2015
Curators: Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Schöllhammer
Co-Organizer: Visual Culture Research Centre, Kyiv

Projects by Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan (Romania), Anna Daučíková (Slovakia), Anna Jermolaewa (Russia – Austria), Antonio Cosentino (Turkey), Aslı Çavuşoğlu (Turkey), Aura Rosenberg (USA), Boris Ondreička (Slovakia), Denisa Lehocká (Slovakia), Heinz Frank (Austria), Imogen Stidworthy (UK), Ion Grigorescu (Romania), Jiří Kovanda (Czech), Josef Dabernig (Austria), Laure Prouvost (France), Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc (France), Mikhail Tolmachev (Russia), Mladen Stilinović (Croatia), Neïl Beloufa (France), Paweł Althamer (Poland), Ricardo Basbaum (Brazil), Robert Carlton Breer (USA), Till Gathmann (Germany), Wendelien van Oldenborgh (Netherlands), William Kentridge (South Africa), Yves Netzhammer (Switzerland), Zofia Kulik (Poland), ...

Six schools integrated in the exhibition space are stages and places for reflection, debate, and work. Their classes bring together artists, intellectuals, activists, and students, who will be able to cooperate with their colleagues and a broad audience. Every school raises issues relevant for Ukrainian and European society, as well as political reactions to current challenges.

The School of Abducted Europe. In different formats, like lectures, seminars, public discussions, and workshops, the School of Abducted Europe envisions and questions how another Europe can exist. Sanja Iveković (Croatia), Emily Wardill (United Kingdom), Ivan Krastev (Bulgaria), Shalini Randeria (Austria), Timothy Snyder (USA), and Marci Shore (USA), among others, are contributing to the classes of the School.

The School of the Displaced. Internally displaced persons will gather and share their experiences with artists who have become refugees for political reasons; they will work together with civic initiatives to explore how displacement can be political resistance and self-definition.
The musician Rami Essam (Egypt – Sweden), “the voice of Tahrir Square”; Helge Lunde (Norway), the Head of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN); the artists Ahmet Ögüt (Turkey), Milica Tomić (Serbia), Marina Naprushkina (Belarus), and Adelita Husni-Bey (Libya – Italy) are just a few of the fellows of the School.

The School of Image and Evidence aims at deconstructing the status of image in current propaganda wars by using film production as an instrument for critical analysis of the war in Ukraine. Film directors, media activists, and researchers will work on a series of documentaries in collaboration with Ukrainian and international filmmakers. Among the participants are Serhiy Loznytsya (Ukraine – Germany), Hito Steyerl (Germany), Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir (Israel), Artur Żmijewski (Poland), Haim Sokol (Russia), Nataliya Gumenyuk (Ukraine).

The School of Landscape. Landscape as a key notion of national imaginary and land as a territory of struggles and dreams are at the core of the classes of this school. Artists and geographers, poets and political theorists, historians and economists will explore cultural and political readings of this paradigm.Tetyana Zhurzhenko (Ukraine – Austria), Martin Pollack (Austria), Andreas Siekmann (Germany), Vladislav Shapovalov (Russia), Taus Makhacheva (Russia), Grupo Etcétera (Argentina), Igor and Ivan Bukharov (Hungary) are joining the School together with other local and international participants.

The School of the Lonesome will work around emotional remains of revolutionary euphoria in the loneliness that follows its end. Activists who took part in uprisings on Maidan, Gezi, Tahrir, in Hong Kong, Russia, and Argentina will work on microdramas, poetic actions, and performances imagining a new political subject after its loss. These pieces will be elaborated together with theater performers and the general audience by artists including Zeino Pekünlü (Turkey), Graciela Carnevale (Argentina), Keti Chukhrov (Russia), Tony Chakar (Lebanon), Kwan Sheung Chi (Hong Kong).

The School of Realism. Realism has a long and dominant history in Ukrainian art. Realism is a combat term in contemporary art. The school will be an arena where these different notions of realism will meet in theory and practice. The School of Realism will host classes and pieces by Dmitriy Gutov (Russia), Kazimir Malevich (Serbia), Doug Ashford (USA), Anke Hennig (Germany), John Miller (USA) curating a group of fifteen American artists, and others.

Camden Arts Centre, London

open studio Wednesday 30 nov 7 - 9 pm
Camden Arts Centre
Arkwright Road
London NW3 6DG
United Kingdom

"Romanian artist Anca Benera works in a range of media spanning video, performance and sculpture. Her practice focuses on storytelling and re-construction; in particular she is interested in investigating how stories are told and the methods through which we arrive at collectively accepted truths. Benera uses the public realm as both a resource and a medium to present and inform her projects, exploiting the layered multiplicity of histories which make up the urban environment to re-examine and challenge our perceptions of the world around us. During her residency Benera will develop work as part of an ongoing research project, questioning these historical, social and political narratives." 

Kunsthalle Wien


Artists: Saâdane Afif, Wilfrid Almendra, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Constantin Brancusi, André Cadere, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Alessio delli Castelli, Thea Djordjadze, Paulien Föllings, Isa Genzken, Sofia Hultén, Haraldur Jónsson, An Te Liu, Jürgen Mayer H., Josephine Meckseper, Ute Müller, Anca Munteanu Rimnic, Shahryar Nashat, Olaf Nicolai, Odilon Pain, Luiz Roque, Rudi Stanzel

Curators: Vanessa Joan Müller, Nicolaus Schafhausen

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24 April – 31 May 2015
Budapest, Hungary

Curatorial team: Nikolett Erőss, Anna Juhász, Hajnalka Somogyi, Tijana Stepanovic, Borbála Szalai, Katalin Székely, János Szoboszlai

Participants: Hilla Ben Ari, Daniela Baráčková, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Celine Condorelli, István Csákány, Attila Csörgő, Gabriella Csoszó, Dobrila Denegri, Lina Džuverović, Miklós Erdély, Andreas Fogarasi, Fokus Grupa, Péter Forgács, Goldin + Senneby, Alenka Gregorić, Igor Grubić, Tamás Kaszás, Anton Lederer & Margarethe Makovec, Tevž Logar, Edit Molnár, Ivan Moudov, Daniel Muzyczuk, Adrian Paci, Krsto Papić, Clara S Rueprich, Little Warsaw, Barbara Klímová, Ádám Kokesch, Eva Kotátkova, Dóra Maurer, Mladen Miljanovic, Edit Molnár, Ivan Moudov, Csaba Nemes, Hajnal Németh, Lívia Páldi, Dan Perjovschi, Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmuş, Tomáš Pospiszyl, Pedro Reyes, Katarina Šević, Kati Simon, Konrad Smoleński, Société Réaliste, Łukasz Ronduda, Technica Schweiz, Milica Tomić, Ulay, Ana Witt, Katarina Zdjelar

Idea arts+society issue #44

From Object to Subject
cover + 24 pages insert

Art Under a Dangerous Star - tranzit Budapest


Image: Szabolcs KissPál: Amorous Geography (still), 2012

Artists: Zbynek Baladrán, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán, etcetera, Khoór Lilla-Will Potter, KissPál Szabolcs, Avi Mograbi, Oláh Mara, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Olekszij Radinszkij, PR csoport, Société Réaliste, Jonas Staal, Szemző Zsófia, Želimir Žilnik.
Curator: Dóra Hegyi

May 9–May 30, 2014
Venue: tranzit. hu and the Studio Gallery, Budapest
Opening hours (both venues): Monday to Saturday 2 pm to 6 pm

Ways of Working, According to an Office Desk, Upominki, Rotterdam

Kapelstraat 32, 3024CH, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Opening reception on Friday 11 April from 19.00
Curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk /

The international group exhibition "Ways of Working, According to an Office Desk" brings together works by Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Céline Berger, Dina Danish, Jakup Ferri, David Horvitz, Sally O’Reilly and Colin Perry. The exhibition revolves around the constant and ongoing demand towards professionalisation to which the visual art field and its artists remain subjected. However, instead, it seems of prominence and interest to pose the question “How to profess, rather than to professionalise?” and make a close reading of some persistent stereotypes, among the artists’ “vow–of–poverty”, media representations, the “money–job”, and so forth." The exhibition is part of the Oblique International programme. Curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk.

The Jewish Museum, New York


Sights and Sounds - November 8, 2013 - February 5, 2016
The Jewish Museum, New York
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York NY 10128

This long-term series offers a rotating selection of vigorous film and video works by contemporary artists from around the world – with a particular emphasis on work being made outside western Europe and the United States.
Romania Selection (curator Daria Ghiu) through March 27, 2014
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Like a Bird: Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art

Trafó Gallery Budapest
13 December – 26 January 2014
Opening: Thursday 12 December, 7pm

Artists: Greta Alfaro (ES), Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan (RO), Tamás Kaszás / Anikó Loránt (Ex Artists Collective) (HU), Szabolcs Kisspál (HU), London Fieldworks (UK), James Prosek (USA) and Andrea Roe (UK)

Curated by: Maja and Reuben Fowkes

Like a Bird is a group exhibition with a focus on avian ecologies in contemporary art, a theme that provides a platform to investigate intricate questions around the changing human relationship to the natural world, the channelling of environmental awareness and its political dimensions. It examines the dynamic counterpoints between the anthropocentric tendency to perceive birds as metaphors and the rival post-humanist affinity for intra-species dialogue. The title of the exhibition refers to an iconic work of the Hungarian neo-avant-garde, István Haraszty’s Like a Bird from 1972, an elaborate piece combining a bird and a cage that was primarily understood at the time as a symbol for the lack of freedom under socialism. While avian encounters in the public sphere are still layered with stratum of ideology, mythology and national identity, this exhibition asks whether there is today an additional dimension to the avian imaginary, namely that of endangeredness and a shared ecological predicament.

For more information please visit the webpage

13th Istanbul Biennial


Anne, ben barbar mıyım / Mom, am I barbarian?
13th Istanbul Biennial
14 September–20 October 2013

Measures of Saving the World_ part2 at < rotor > Graz


8 June - 7 September, 2013
Participating artists: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Swaantje Güntzel, Markus Jeschaunig,
Folke Köbberling & Martin Kaltwasser, Ivan Moudov
Curated by Margarethe Makovec & Anton Lederer
Opening Hours: MO – FR 10 am - 6 pm, SA 12 am - 4 pm

solo show Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan @

Am fost atât de puțini şi atât de mulți am rămas / We were so few and so many of us are left Bucureşti, Str. Gazelei nr. 44, sector 4
curator Raluca Voinea
5 April – 5 June 2013

solo show at Bucharest, curator Raluca Voinea
5 April – 5 June 2013

"In 2013, the price of gold for April delivery has risen at the New York Stock Exchange by 0.9%, after the bailout programme for Cyprus, including a levy on bank deposits has stirred the financial markets. In 1916-1917, 93.4 tons of gold from the Romanian treasury were transferred to Russia for safekeeping, wherefrom they never returned. On the basis of a contract from 1935, Romania is owed a few billions of EUR by Germany. Cuba also has a debt to Romania of 1.2 billion American dollars. Viktor Orban sends personalized letters to Romanian citizens who are Hungarian ethnics in order to gain more votes. On 19-20 March 1990, in Târgu-Mureş there took place street clashes between Romanian and Hungarian ethnics, that ended with several hundred victims. At present Russia avoids the subject of the Romanian treasury, Cuba invokes the mutual aid between (former) socialist countries and Germany is busy increasing Cyprus' debt.
Some of the fundamentals of the nation-state, such as economic policy and foreign affairs are today question-marked by accelerated globalisation, supra-national deciding forums or immigration. At the same time we are witnessing a coming back of the nation, emphasized in its – often pre-modern – traits, such as ethnicity, religion or language.

Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán analyse the nation-state where this touches the verge of the fictional; they use the rigid and apparently immutable frames which the nation-state created in order to legitimize itself (laws, language, history) and take them literally, thus underlining their limits, given by their formal and contextual character. The two artists research documents, treaties, official statements, media reflections, years and facts, statistics, agreements, renegotiations, deciphering within the propaganda, reminding of forgotten promises, bringing face to face, to mirror each other, the contradicting versions, pushing to the extreme their logical consequences.

The exhibition “We were so few and so many of us are left” presents seven projects, of which three existing ones were extended or adapted and four new ones were produced on the occasion of the exhibition. The work which gives the title of the exhibition is realised as a monumental and at the same time ephemeral installation, forming a frame for all the other works. “We were so few and so many of us are left”, together with another work, also presented as an installation, “Isa, por ës homou vogymuk / Indeed, we are dust and ashes”, a subtle and playful memento mori, create a strong material balance to the conceptual works, such as „Due diligence report” or „Bilateral agreement”, which test the possibilities of law and its apparent democratic character".

ZOO-TOPIA, symposium, film screening & publication

21 September 2012, Friday, 10.00 - 19.00 at Huxley Theatre, ZSL London Zoo, The Outer Circle Regents Park, London NW1 4RY

Featured artists and architects include: Anca Benera, Yona Friedman, Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, Candida Höfer, Szabolcs KissPál, Wesley Meuris, Ahmet Ögüt, Société Réaliste.

Curated by Eszter Steierhoffer



Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan at Winning Hearts and Minds, Critical Art Ensemble, dOCUMENTA 13

Pacta sunt servanda @ Intense Proximity, La Triennale


Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan 
performance Pacta sunt Servanda,  chapter 4 - Fekete Március / Martie negru / Black March 
duration: 15 min.
April 19th  at 19:00 and April 21st at 16:00 at Palais de Tokyo - 13 Avenue du Président Wilson

Intense Proximity, La Triennale

20 April - 26 August, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Artistic Director: Okwui Enwezor
Associate Curators: Mélanie Bouteloup, Adbellah Karoum, Émilie Renard, Claire Staebler

"Inspired by the great work of early to mid 20th century French ethnography figures such as Claude Levi-Strauss, Marcel Mauss, Michel Leiris, and Marcel Griaule, La Triennale sets off on a journey to explore the nodes where art and ethnography converge in a renewal of fascination and estrangement. Fundamentally, the goal of the project is to shift from the idea of national space, as a constituted physical location, to a frontier space that constantly assumes new morphologies and new models of categorization (local, national, trans-national, geo-political, denational, pure, contaminated, etc.)
Contemporary art has become a global phenomenon fostered by an ever growing network of relations overcoming distances. La Triennale will therefore approach the art of today through this wealth of connections. Its title Intense Proximity points to those frictions, those heterogeneous tensions which set every human activity into motion. It also questions how an individual’s origins, intellectual education or life path have an impact on his/her situation in the larger context of a society in which the fault lines are increasingly uncharted..." [more]

Centre for Visual Introspection at Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam


Curators: Natasha Ginwala (IND) and Fleur van Muiswinkel (NL).
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group show_ Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest

Global without Globalization: From Mathematics to China
February 23rd – April 8th 2012, Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest

Artists: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Tudor Bratu, Cristina David, Sebastian Moldovan, Ghenadie Popescu, Anca Munteanu-Rimnic, Cristian Rusu
Curators: Magda Radu and Alexandra Croitoru


Self-publishing in Times of Freedom and Repression - New publication released

24 pages, 1000 editions
published by the Centre for Visual Introspection

This publication is released within the framework of the project “Hard Edit—Self-publishing in Times of Freedom and Repression”, which consisted of a series of lectures by Vasile Ernu [RO], Lia Perjovschi [RO], Piotr Rypson [PL], Olga Zaslavskaya [RU] and a practical workshop, held between 18 and 24 April 2011 at the Centre for Visual Introspection in Bucharest, by Marco Balesteros and Sofia Gonçalves [PT], with the contribution of Renata Catambas [PT/NL], Rafaela Dražić [CRO], Eleonora Farina [IT/DE], Ward Heirwegh [BE], Tzortzis Rallis [GR/UK], Katarina Šević [SRB/HU], Golie Talaie [IT/NL] and Paul Wiersbinski [DE].


Where art does take place in the End Times? Caminul Cultural, Bucharest, June 2011


 3 ANI FARA ARTA / 3 YEARS WITHOUT ART (after Gustav Metzger)
performance (with Alina Serban), Where Art does take place in the End Times? 
Caminul Cultural, Bucharest, 2011  



19-23 April, 2011
Centre for Visual Introspection, Bucharest
Self-publishing in Romania has a complex and still insufficiently researched and publicized 
history. Publishing as a means of self-expression and samizdat as a form of it, born in specific 
oppressive conditions, might shed a new light on the meaning of self-publishing, its forms and 
challenges today. What are the new forms of censorship today? What are the limits and means of 
self-expression / self-censorship and freedom of speech? What is the role of printed matter in 
the age of internet and social networks? 

 Concept and organization: Anca Benera, Arnold Estefan
Workshop imparted by Marco Balesteros & Sofia Goncalves (Portugal) 
Participants: Renata Catambas (Portugal/NL), Rafaela Drazic (Croatia) Elenora Farina (Italy),
Ward Heirwegh (Belgium), Tzortzis Rallis(Greece/UK), Katarina Sevic (Serbia/Hungary), 
Golie Talaie (Iran/NL), Paul Wiersbinski(Germany) 
Lecturers: Lia Perjovschi (Romania), Piotr Rypson (Poland), Vasile Ernu(Romania), 
Olga Zaslavskaya (Rusia/Hungary)       


curator: Manuel Pelmus
10 March - 15 March, 2011