Benera and Estefan

The Trouble with Value at Onomatopee, Eindhoven (upcoming)


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.
The project aims to locate and extract practices that bring us closer to understand the potential of art to represent different notions of value in the contemporary. How can we counter certain apathy of the contemporary and engage with positions that resist this mood and present us with challenging perspectives on value? The project attempts to locate artistic and institutional practices that offer viewpoints beyond the strategy of bending-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 (ongoing)


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.

Remastered - The Art of Appropriation, Kunsthalle Krems


26 Nov. 2017 - 18 Feb. 2018

Kunsthalle Krems
Franz­ Zeller­ Platz 3
3500 Krems an der Donau

Without the art of others, an art of one’s own is unthinkable because art always develops in reference, conscious or unconscious, to works that already exist. But what if reference becomes appropriation? What if artists make works wholly their own by overpainting or obliteration, or put their hand to works of others on a symbolic level by reenactment, extrapolation, or translation to other media?

The exhibition will feature works by Enrico Baj, John Baldessari, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Pierre Bismuth, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Mel Chin & GALA Committee, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Braco Dimitrijević, Marcel Duchamp, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Luigi Ghirri, Rodney Graham, G.R.A.M., Aneta Grzeszykowska, Herbert Hinteregger, William E. Jones, Asger Jorn, Martin Kippenberger, Matthias Klos and Christian Wallner, Bertrand Lavier, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Kazimir Malevich (Pseud.), Man Ray, Jonathan Monk, Klaus Mosettig, Ciprian Mureşan, Richard Pettibone, Lisl Ponger, Nada Prlja, Arnulf Rainer, Thomas Ruff, Misha Stroj, Sturtevant, Rosemarie Trockel, Gavin Turk and Martin Wöhrl.

Curator: Verena Gamper

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.’