Benera and Estefan

_The Call of the Outside - solo exhibition at (ongoing)


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

While the first satellite was placed into orbit within the competitive context of political ideologies bred by the cold war, subsequent launches integrated into the quotidian ruled by commercial services and scientific activity. Since 1957, over 40 countries have launched satellites in space, more than 6600 in number, half of which remained on orbit. Their life span is 3-4 years, the majority turns into space debris quite soon. Almost within reach by now, conquering space has lost its magical, symbolical thrill. Competing parties are not states anymore, much rather certain commercial units aiming for a share of the market. Beyond providing services but still driven by commercial undertones, Lockheed Martin and Space X are involved in several complex space programs. In close cooperation with NASA and other national and international space exploration programs, they are attempting to colonize Mars. In the near future, space travel might become an everyday routine.

Planetary Resources, the first “post-global enterprise” aims to provide resources to fuel industry and sustain life in space by asteroid mining, while the legal framework for commercializing rare metal and minerals brought in from space has already been elaborated on state level in Luxembourg, let that much be said for the skeptics. At what costs? We have no clue. However, it seems, instead of reducing excessive consume and establishing a sustainable green economy on Earth, mankind has, outsourced the procurement of raw material and agglomeration of debris into space.

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” [A.B.&A.E.]

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.

The main partner of is ERSTE Foundation.

Ground Control - solo exhibition at Centrala Gallery, Birmingham (ongoing)


3 January – 31 March 2018
solo exhibition

Exhibition Launch 2 January 2018, 6-8 PM.

photo [c]
Centrala Gallery presents a solo exhibition of Bucharest based artist-duo Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan. Comprising of several installations, Ground Control is a reaction to the heightening control of corporations and national governments over the world.

Pretty soon if this keeps up I'm going to have to envelop the entire universe (ongoing)


19th ofJanuary - 3rd of March 2018

Gdańsk City Gallery 2, Powroźnicza street 13/15
Opening: 19th of January, 7.30 P.M.

Artists: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Alicja Bielawska, Viktor Frešo, Matej Gavula, Markus Hanakam & Roswitha Schuller, Jaroslav Kyša, Kama Sokolnicka, Hilla Toony Navok, Anna Witkowska & Adam Witkowski
Curators: Jaro Varga, Piotr Stasiowski

Let’s start by asking a simple question that was already formulated in 1944 by a physicist and Nobel Prize laureate, Erwin Schrödinger: What is life? And let’s now assume that we will find an answer to that in the concept of the American physicist Michio Kaku, who postulated that a network of connected minds within artificial neural networks is going to become the successor to the Internet, sharing information and emotions, being a system created for the purpose of the humanity, a special library of the awareness. Transhumanistic revolution would transfer into limitless life in terms of archiving, storing and generating data that would represent people’s thinking, awareness and emotions. We would live as a post-biological form of life. As a parallel to this vision of the life without a body, the name of the British astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking, comes to mind. He suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and communicates with the world by means of a speech-generating device to which his words are transferred from a virtual keyboard. The American scientist Ray Kurzweil has showed a similar vision of the future in his forecasts: a human as a combination of biological and non-biological hybrids. In 1974 he came up with optical character recognition software that is used to recognise images and text in graphical files. In 2009, backed by NASA and Google, he founded the futurology school at the Singularity University in the Silicon Valley. Its main objective is to ‘prepare humanity for the accelerated technological change’. More and more, our life plunges into simulacra.

Natural Histories at MUMOK Vienna


September 23, 2017 - January 14, 2018
exhibition and publication

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.

The Postnatural History Atlas


insert pages in A2 magazine

Fleeting Territories


September 29 - December 09 ,2017
Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna
Herrengasse 13

Curators: Maren Richter and Klaus Schafler

Artists: Adriana Arroyo (CRI), Amy Balkin (USA), Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan (RO), Peter Fend (USA), Grammar of Urgencies (AUT), Mikhail Karikis (GRC), Wietske Maas & Matteo Pasquinelli (NLD), Studio Orta (GBR/FRAU), RESANITA (AUT), Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch (AUT), Khvay Samnang (KHM)

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.

Herbarbarium - Botanical Investigation workshop


July 2017
Minitremu art Camp, Sacadat, Mures, Romania. 2017

contributions by:
Ingrid Enache, Adriana Dincu, Diana Vlasa, Macrina Moldovan, Anna Panka Radi;

Remastered at Kunsthalle Krems (ongoing)


26 Nov. 2017 - 18 Feb. 2018

Remastered - The Art of Appropriation

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.

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

Yona Friedman_workshop & lecture


4 - 5 November

The Measure of our Traveling Feet



Marres House for Contemporary Culture
Capucijnenstraat 98
6211 RT Maastricht

Participating artists: Francis Alÿs, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Tudor Bratu, Mircea Cantor, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Shilpa Gupta, Roza El-Hassan, Paulien Oltheten, Wouter Osterholt & Ingrid Hapke, Société Réaliste, Mounira Al Solh, Zsófia Szemző and World Service Authority®.

Curated by Laura Mudde and Claire van Els.

Universal Hospitality, Wiener Festwochen


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 Ivekovic, Damian Le Bas, Delaine Le Bas, Lorinc Borsos, Marina Naprushkina, Csaba Nemes, Adrian Paci, Martin Piacek, Lisl Ponger, R.E.P. Group, Oliver Ressler, Mykola Ridnyi, Marika Schmiedt, Société Réaliste / Ferenc Gróf, Lucia Tkáková-Anetta Mona Chisa, Artur Zmijewski a. o.

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

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.

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


March 11 – March 18, 2016

Mackey Apartments
1137 S Cochran Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

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.’

Walking without Footprints at


11 December 2015 – 27 February 2016

Opening: 11.12. 2015 at 6.00 p.m.
Venue:, Bratislava

Curators: Maja and Reuben Fowkes

Participating artists: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Fokus Grupa, Oto Hudec, Michal Kindernay,
Cecylia Malik, Davor Sanvincenti

Under the Current Circumstances ...


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

Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan (RO) and Oellinger/Rainer (A)
Curators: Verena Gamper and Sonja Schön

The making of art has always had its topical concomitants. Whether with deep cuts or fine slices, the two artist couples Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan and oellinger/rainer (Hannah Oellinger and Manfred Rainer) take on the production conditions in the field of art, focusing particularly on the downsides of making creativity one’s occupation: from unpaid internships to indispensable networking, from the self-perpetuating, distorted mirroring of oneself and others to the cross-financing of the artist’s existence through day jobs.

An Artist Who Cannot Network Is No Artist (d'après Mladen Stilinovic), Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, 2015
flag (acrylic on artificial silk), 150 x 250 cm

AIR _ MAK Center LA


October 2015 – March 2016
The Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program at the Mackey Apartments, Los Angeles.



Berlin-based DICKERSBACH KUNSTVERLAG presents the second issue of PRÅŒTOCOLLUM, 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, PROTOCOLLUM’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.

Contributing artists are: 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 Dakic (Bosnia), Gohar Dashti (Iran), Jose Dávila (Mexico), Gilles Elie-Dit-Cosaque (France), Patricia Esquivias (Venezuela), Etcetera (Argentina/Chile), Inci Eviner (Turkey), Rita Fischer (Uruguay), Fokus Grupa (Croatia), Jeanno Gaussi (Afghanistan), Kendell Geers (South Africa), Gil & Moti (Israel), Marina Griznic & Aina Šmid (Slovenia), Rula Halawani (Palestine), Hoang Duong Cam (Vietnam), HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican?, IRWIN Group (Slovenia), Délio Jasse (Angola), Hiwa K (Iraq), Šejla Kameric (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 Prvavcki (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 Wasko (Poland), Pavel Wolberg (Russia), Nil Yalter (Turkey), Héctor Zamora (Mexico), Arseny Zhilyaev (Russia).

IDEA arts+society #44


From Object to Subject
cover of the magazine and 24 pages insert

Global Control and Censorship


03.10.2015 - 01.05.2016
ZKM | Karlsruhe, Germany

Bernhard Serexhe
Co-Curator: Lívia Rózsás

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 Lopiaic, Jorge Loureiro, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jonas Lund, Jill Magid, Virginia Mastrogiannaki, Erik Mátrai,, Metahaven, Tomomi Morishima, Jens Mühlhoff, Gerardo Nolasco Magaña, Chris Oakley, Azener 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



October 10–November 29, 2015

BWA SOKOL Gallery of Contemporary Art
Nowy Sacz, Poland

Artists: Adel Abidin, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefán, Mihaela Dragan (featuring Elena Albu), Monika Drozynska, Aslan Gaisumov, Agnieszka Kalinowska, Yuri Leiderman, Nicoleta Moise & Olalla Castro, Dorota Podlaska, Maya Sumbadze, Ferhat Özgür, Alicja Zebrowska & Jacek Lichon

Curators: Anna Smolak and Raluca Voinea

Our Land/Alien Territory


September 16–October 7, 2015
special collateral event of the 6th Moscow Biennale 2015
Central Manege, 1, Manege Square Moscow

Opening: September 15, 7pm
Our Land/Foreign 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



Authors: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan
Publisher: Asocatia pepluspatru, Ivan gallery
92 pages
ISBN 978-973-0-17783-1
Edition: 400 copies

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The School of Kyiv - Kyiv Biennial 2015


8 September – 1 November 2015

The main location of the School of Kyiv will be the House of Clothes at Lvivska Square (Kyiv), a masterpiece of late Soviet modernism, designed by Valentyn Yezhov. Two levels of the former department store will be transformed into an experimental space for art and knowledge production, open to a broad audience. By this choice, the biennial emphasizes its intention and potential for developing new art infrastructures in Kyiv.

Curated by Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Shöllhammer (Vienna), and conceived together with Visual Culture Research Center (Kyiv).

Projects by Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan (Romania), Anna DauÄíková (Slovakia), Anna Jermolaewa (Russia – Austria), Antonio Cosentino (Turkey), Asla Çavusoglu (Turkey), Aura Rosenberg (USA), Boris OndreiÄka (Slovakia), Denisa Lehocká (Slovakia), Heinz Frank (Austria), Imogen Stidworthy (UK), Ion Grigorescu (Romania), Jirí Kovanda (Czech), Josef Dabernig (Austria), Laure Prouvost (France), Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc (France), Mikhail Tolmachev (Russia), Mladen Stilinovic (Croatia), Neïl Beloufa (France), Pawel‚ 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 Ivekovic (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 Tomic (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 Å»mijewski (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.

River Ecologies


River Ecologies: Contemporary Art and Environmental Humanities on the Danube

Edited by: Maja and Reuben Fowkes
Translocal Institute, 2015

Challenging anthropocentric conventions that seek to harness the river for economic, cultural and political purposes, River Ecologies places the complex ecological materiality of the Danube at the centre of artistic and scholarly attention. Drawing on the insights of artists, scientists, anthropologists, writers and environmental historians, brought together in the experiential setting of the River School, this collective inquiry journeys to sites of urban and natural wilderness to explore issues of reciprocity, resilience, non-human agency and interspecies solidarity. From the confluence of contemporary art and environmental humanities, the artistic and theoretical reflections of River Ecologies flow through the critical habitats of Rewilding Mentalities, Avian Ethnographies, Environmental Histories and Biosphere Responsibility to reengage with the natural world.

River Ecologies: Contemporary Art and Environmental Humanities on the Danube is edited by art and ecology researchers Drs. Maja and Reuben Fowkes, directors of Translocal Institute of Contemporary Art Budapest.
Contributors: Greta Alfaro, Lise Autogena, Vlad Basalici, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Ursula Biemann, Axel Braun, Peter Coates, Ian Fairlie, Fernando Garcia-Dory, Michal Hvorecky, John Jordan and Isa Fremeaux, József R. Juhász, Tamás Kaszás and Anikó Loránt, Szabolcs Kisspál, London Fieldworks, Cecylia Malik, Ilona Németh, James Prosek, Andrea Roe, Martin Schmid ...

The Brancusi Effect


11.06.2014 - 21.09.2014
Kunsthalle Wien

Curators: Vanessa Joan Müller, Nicolaus Schafhausen

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

A publication with texts by Paola Mola and Alessio delli Castelli is being produced to accompany the exhibition (published by Sternberg Press,
in collaboration with Dan Gunn).

Come and Go - book launch


24.06.2014, 6.30 pm
Secession, Wien

Artists: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan (RO), Christoph Draeger (CH), Dusica Drazic (SRB), Judith Fegerl (AT), Heidrun Holzfeind (AT), Burçak Konukman (TR), Zoe Leonard (USA), Christian Marclay (USA), Marzena Nowak (PL), Kristin Oppenheim (USA), Roman Signer (CH), Amelie von Wulffen (D), Katarina Zdjelar (SRB), Christina Zurfluh (CH).
Curator/editor: Gabriela Gantenbein

Published by Passagen Verlag, Wien

ISBN 9783709201138
245 x 180 mm
160 pages

Vienna Biennale 2015


Vienna Biennale 2015: Ideas For Change
11 June–4 October 2015

Curators: Pedro Gadanho, Harald Gruendl, Maria Lind, Peter Weibel

Participating artists, designers, and architects:
Pablo Accinelli, Ovidiu Anton, Alexandru Balasescu, Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée, Atelier Kempe Thill Architects and Planners, awg – Alles Wird Gut Architekten, Ayreen Anastas & René Gabri, Doug Ashford, Claire Barclay, Rana Begum, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Horia Bernea, Bevk Perovic Arhitekti, Bikvanderpol, Ion Bitzan, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Mihut› Boscu Kafchin, Geta Bratescu, Ben Thorp Brown, André Cadere, Cino Zucchi Architetti, Andreea Ciobica, Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra), Larisa CrunÈ›eanu & Xandra Popescu, Elena Damiani, Shezad Dawood, Razvan Delcea & Andrei Voica, Verena Dengler, Carola Dertnig, Harm van den Dorpel, Andreas Duscha, Ensamble Studio/MIT-POPlab, Annika Eriksson, Belu-Simion Fainaru, Matias Faldbakken, Mounir Farmanfarmaian, Harun Farocki & Andrei Ujica, Constantin Flondor, Sigma 1, Andreas Fogarasi, future.lab (Technische Universität Wien), Adrian Ghenie, Franz Graf, Eileen Grey & Jean Badovici, Ion Grigorescu, Erdem Gündüz, Ane Hjort Guttu, Oliver Hangl & Der Wiener Beschwerdechor, Helen & Hard, Hild und K Architekten, Kathi Hofer, Tom Holert, Barbara Holub, ID2 (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien), Marcel Janco, Peter Jellitsch, Klaus Kada, Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, Julia Landsiedl, Hannes Langeder, Van Bo Le-Mentzel & Jakob Listabarth, Marysia Lewandowska, Johan Lorbeer, Lazar Lyutakov, Mahony, MAP Office, MAS Urban Design, Christian Mayer, Dan Mihaltianu, SubREAL, Milliardenstadt Hypotopia, Ion Lucian Murnu, Ciprian Mursean, NANK – Neue Arbeit Neue Kultur, Ulrich Nausner, Paul Neagu, Network Architecture Lab, Mircea Nicolae, NLÉ, Maria Daria Oancea & George Octavian Marinescu, Okin Collective, DragoÈ™ Olea, Philippe Parreno, Dan Perjovschi, Danica Phelps, Amalia Pica, Eugenia Pop, Rares Tudor Pop, Raluca Popa, Yelena Popova, Projekt Bank für Gemeinwohl, Walid Raad, Andra Racasan & Elena Rucsandra Maior, RUA Arquitetos, Barbis Ruder, Valentin Ruhry, Carmen Secareanu, Shinseungback & Kimyonghun, SITU Studio, Amy Spiers & Catherine Ryan, Daniel Spoerri, STEALTH unlimited & Stefan Gruber, Gina Ster, SUBOTRON, Superpool, Iulia Toma, URBZ: user-generated cities, Verein Samstag, Andrei Ujica, Dries Verhoeven, von Ballmoos Krucker Architekten, Seth Weiner, Wermke & Leinkauf, Haegue Yang, Artur Zmijewski, Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas



24 April – 31 May 2015
Budapest, Hungary

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

Hilla Ben Ari, Daniela BaráÄková, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Celine Condorelli, István Csákány, Attila CsörgÅ‘, 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 – Manuel PelmuÅŸ, Tomáš Pospiszyl, Pedro Reyes, Katarina Šević, Kati Simon, Konrad SmoleÅ„ski, Société Réaliste, Åukasz Ronduda, Technica Schweiz, Milica Tomić, Ulay, Ana Witt, Katarina Zdjelar etc.

A Few Grams of Red, Yellow, Blue. New Romanian Art.


10 March - 8 June
Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Artists: Apparatus 22, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Irina Botea, Mihut Boscu Kafchin, Catalin Burcea, Mircea Cantor, Radu Cioca, Radu Comsa, Adrian Ghenie, Maxim Liulca, Ioana Nemes Alex Mirutziu, Anca Munteanu Rîmnic, Ciprian Muresan, Vlad Nanca, Cristian Rusu, Serban Savu, Razvan Sadean, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor
Accompanying exhibition: "Álmoskönyv / Somnolet Book" designed by Victor Man

Curator: Ewa Gorzadek

An exhibition "A few grams of red, yellow, blue. New Romanian Art." with a comprehensive presentation of the latest works from Romanian artists of the younger generation, whom since the mid-2000s have begun to manifest their presence in the art scene, locally as well as on an international scale. This thirty-something generation grew up under communism, witnessed the breakdown and collapse of the system, coupled with experiencing the violent invasion of consumer culture in an indigenous society. Consequently, it is through this peerless perspective that the artist’s formulate their thoughts and comments on the observed changes.

These artists mainly originate from two centres, Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, although in contrast, some of them have been living outside of the country for some time. The exhibition’s leading theme is artistic reflection on contemporary Romania, its present - closely linked to recent history - as well as building its identity, both the individual and collective. These themes are evident in the works of young Romanian artists on various levels of critical discourse: relationship to the past, artistic tradition, or undertaking current social problems. The works are characterized by a strong conceptual basis, and each of the artists, in their own way, deconstructs the ideas and phenomena that interest them. Their works combine the authenticity of artistic decisions with the conscious use of selected media, such as painting, video, sculpture, performance, and installation. The Romanian contemporary art scene is not homogeneous, instead, occurring parallel to one another are the many trends and references to different traditions in it. However, this exhibition depicts a fairly clear picture of the current Romanian artistic practices.

13th Istanbul Biennial


14 September–20 October 2013

Anne, ben barbar mıyım? (Mom, am I barbarian?)
Curator: Fulya Erdemci

Artists: Ádám Kokesch, Agnieszka Polska, Akademia Ruchu, Alice Creischer&Andreas Siekmann, Amal Kenawy, Amar Kanwar,
Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Angelica Mesiti, Annika Eriksson, Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Basim Magdy, Bertille Bak, Carla Filipe, Carlos Eduardo Felix da Costa (Cadu), Christoph Schäfer, Cinthia Marcelle, Cinthia Marcelle & Tiago Mata Machado, Claire Pentecost, David Moreno, Didem Erk, Diego Bianchi, Edi Hirose, Elmgreen & Dragset, Falke Pisano, Fernanda Gomes, Fernando Ortega, Fernando Piola, Freee (Dave Beech, Andy Hewitt, Mel Jordan), Goldin+Senneby, Gonzalo Lebrija, Gordon Matta-Clark, Guillaume Bijl, Halil Altindere, Hanna Farah, Kufr Birim, Héctor Zamora, Hito Steyerl, HONF Foundation, Ä°nci Eviner, Ä°pek Duben, Jananne Al-Ani, Jean Genet, Jean Rouch, Jimmie Durham, Jirí Kovanda, Jorge Galindo & Santiago Sierra, Jorge Méndez Blake, José Antonio Vega Macotela, Lale Müldür & Kaan Karacehennem & Franz von Bodelschwingh, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Lutz Bacher, Lux Lindner, Mahir Yavuz & Orkan Telhan, Maider López, Martin Cordiano &, Tomás Espina, Maxime Hourani, Mere Phantoms (Maya Ersan & Jaimie Robson), Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Mika Rottenberg, Murat Akagündüz, Nathan Coley, Newspaper Reading Club (Fiona Connor & Michala Paludan), Nicholas Mangan, Nil Yalter & Judy Blum, Peter Robinson, Praneet Soi, Provo, Proyecto Secundario Liliana Maresca, Rietveld Landscape, Rob Johannesma, Rossella Biscotti, Santiago Sierra, Åener Özmen, Serkan Taycan, Shahzia Sikander, Stephen Willats, Sulukule Platform, Tadashi Kawamata, Thomas Hirschhorn, Toril Johannessen, Vermeir & Heiremans, Volkan Aslan, Wang Qingsong, Wouter Osterholt & Elke Uitentuis, Yto Barrada, Zbigniew Libera

The 13th Istanbul Biennial, will take place at Antrepo no.3, Galata Greek Primary School, ARTER, SALT Beyoglu and 5533.

Intense Proximity, La Triennale


20 April - 26 August
Le Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Artistic Director: Okwui Enwezor
Associate Curators: Mélanie Bouteloup, Adbellah Karoum, Émilie Renard, Claire Staebler

In the spring of 2012, the 3rd edition of the contemporary art triennial exhibition will move from the nave of the Grand Palais into the open galleries of the Palais de Tokyo and other neighbouring institutions along la Colline de Musées. Through the concept of “Intense Proximity”, La Triennale will investigate what it means to be active as an artist working today, in the context of a globalized and diverse French art scene.

Lecture-performance @ documenta 13


Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan
Friday 24 August 2012, 12:00 PM
Kassel, Hauptbahnhof, Railway Lecture Hall

Invited within the project Winning Hearts and Minds, by Critical Art Enesemble.

Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) is a collective of tactical media practitioners of various specializations, including computer graphics,
wetware, video, photography, text art, book art, and performance. Formed in 1987 in Tallahassee, Florida, CAE focuses on the
exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. CAE has authored six books on cultural
production and political economy.