Benera and Estefan

Territories of Waste, Museum Tinguely, Basel (upcoming)


14 September 2022 – 8 Januar 2023

Museum Tinguely
Basel, Switzerland
Paul Sacher-Anlage 2 

Curated by: Sandra Beate Reimann

The current planetary crisis has ensured that the proliferation of environmental pollutants has once more become a focus of artistic practice, alongside climate change and mass extinction. The group exhibition Territories of Waste at Museum Tinguely focusses attention on this contemporary artistic engagement and asks where such discussions are taking place today, as well as taking a new look from this perspective at the art of the second half of the twentieth century. The group show is intended as an accumulation or gathering of many voices that takes the dynamically mixed quality of waste seriously as a structuring concept. The exhibition landscape that spreads out from a central point is connected by six main themes that run through it like a network.

Weather Engines, Onassis Stegi, Athens (upcoming)


1 Apr. - 15 May, 2022

Onassis Stegi, Athens
107-109 Syngrou Avenue
11745 Athens, Greece

Curated by Daphne Dragona & Jussi Parikka

The "Weather Engines" exhibition explores the poetics and the politics, the aesthetics and technologies of the environment, from the ground to the sky, and from the air to the atmosphere.

The weather is a dynamic system of pressure, temperature and humidity. It manifests through maps, media, and simulations while it touches the skin. Weather is felt unevenly, from extremes to mundane mildness of a breeze. Some are exposed, some are sheltered; weather wears some down, some gain profit.

Weather Engines is an art exhibition and a program of workshops, talks, and readings. It explores weather as a complex system, as observation and control, and as a lived experience. The projects and events refer to natural phenomena and climate change, past and contemporary strategies of engineering the weather. Approaching the models and systems of art as techniques of knowledge, Weather Engines addresses the need for climate justice, and for embracing the surrounding more-than-human world(s).

The exhibition is accompanied by the publication “Words of Weather: A glossary” that maps terms for a political ecology of experience.

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Subnature, Trafo Gallery, Budapest - solo exhibition


23 Oct. - 5 Dec., 2021

Trafó Galéria
1094 Budapest, Liliom u. 41.

Curated by Bori Szalai and Judith Szalipszki
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photo by David Biro

Potential Worlds 2: Eco-Fictions, Migros Museum, Zurich


Oct. 24, 2020 - May. 09, 2021

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Limmatstrasse 270
CH-8005 Zurich

Curated by Heike Munder and Suad Garayeva-Maleki

Artists: Korakrit Arunanondchai, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Dora Budor, Burton Nitta (Michael Burton & Michiko Nitta), Cao Fei, Julian Charrière, Carl Cheng, Jimmie Durham, Peter Fend, Tue Greenfort, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Helen Mayer Harrison & Newton Harrison, Louis Henderson, Mary Maggic, Mileece, MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, Adrián Villar Rojas, Pinar Yoldas, Zheng Bo.

The group exhibition Potential Worlds 2: Eco-Fictions explores speculative designs of the network of relationships between man and nature against the background of our current ecological situation. The consequences of the devastation of nature reveal the need to understand man as a part, rather than the center of the world. This exhibition brings together both historic and contemporary artistic positions that take up and develop this idea by questioning other forms of (co)living. It also addresses the ever-changing role of man in nature at the time of new, post-human technologies and the possibilities these allow for repurposing and coexistence. How can ways be found to create an exchange between all living beings? How can the detritus of the present and the traces of destruction – the “ruins of the Anthropocene” – be handled? What potentials are released when man and nature meet and ally? Which role can art play as a technological, scientific and social experiment? The artists in the exhibition work toward a social consciousness that encompasses all living beings and, based on this attitude, design new forms of togetherness.

Slow Life. Radical Practices of the Everyday, Ludwig Museum Budapest


16. July, – 5. September 2021

Ludwig Museum, Budapest

Curators: Petra Csizek, Jan Elantkowski, József Készman, Zsuzska Petró, Viktória Popovics, Krisztina Üveges, Katalin Timár

Exhibiting artists: Bartha Gabó | Benczúr Emese | Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan | Ursula Biemann & Paulo Taveres | Erdei Krisztina |
ex-artist’s collective (Kaszás Tamás & Lóránt Anikó) | Manfred Erjautz | Horváth Tibor | Horváth R. Gideon | Oto Hudec | Kaszás Tamás | Koronczi Endre | Lakner Antal | Diana Lelonek | Mátyási Péter | Petra Maitz | Oliver Ressler | Schuller Judit Flóra |
Szabó Eszter Ágnes & Syporca Whandal | Süveges Rita | Lois Weinberger | Zilahi Anna

Slow Life. Radical Practices of the Every day is a group exhibition with an international scope, a commitment that reflects on today’s pressing global issues. The current logic of our world, the existing social & economic system, and the market-consumer culture have caused serious environmental problems. The approach they are based upon is in crisis, and current practices cannot provide real solutions to excessive waste production and overconsumption, and to keep the exploitation of natural resources under control. (...)

Land, possessions and commons, Public Art Project


July 25th to October 17th, 2021
Exhibition project in the public space of Semmering, Lower Austria

With site-specific works of Abdul Sharif Baruwa, Olga Chernysheva, Anna Daucikova, Zhanna Kadyrova, Elvedin Klačar, Mikhail Tolmachev, Milica Tomić, Inge Vavra, Hannes Zebedin and video works by Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Taus Makhacheva, Laure Prouvost and Titre Provisoire curated by Hedwig Saxenhuber July 25th to October 17th, 2021.

"In the almost 170-year-old social and cultural history of Semmering since it was opened up by the famous railway line, economic growth and social prosperity of the region can be traced in pendulum movements. The activities of the railway company and the associated development of the alpine landscape as a picturesque backdrop - often shaped by upper-class leisure culture - the "taming" of nature and an expansion of the city into the landscape with all imaginable luxurious amenities were at the beginning. Their decline as a result of the wars, the Shoah and the great social and geopolitical upheavals changed Semmering. In its long history, the tourism landscape has repeatedly been confronted with the consequences of social transformation, reached their limits and their boom has turned into the opposite. A place that was originally taken over by the high aristocracy, industrialists and well-known intellectuals and offered them diversion, was also used by a broad spectrum of day visitors in the course of democratization. The designation of the Semmering Railway as a UNESCO World Heritage Site provided new impetus.

The Semmering is a landscape full of superlatives and means something different for every visitor. It is also important at what point in time you look at the Semmering. The title land, property and commons for an exhibition of contemporary art on Semmering may at first seem as succinct as it is sought-after. But he wants to put the multi-faceted history of Semmering aside and asks questions about the meaning of "land" today - land as a piece of the earth's surface that relates to local nature, to the peculiarities of a place. He refers to the characteristic combination of fauna and flora, climate and geological composition and the human interventions that give a landscape its face."
Hedwig Saxenhuber

39th EVA International | Ireland's Biennial, 2021


39th EVA International (Phase 2)
2 July 2020 - 22 Aug. 2021

Taking its reference from the “Golden Vein,” a 19th-century descriptor for the agricultural bounty of the Limerick region, the 39th EVA International programme seeks to address ideas of land and its contested values in the context of Ireland today.

Artists: Diego Bruno, Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho, Barış Doğrusöz, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Melanie Jackson and Esther Leslie, Áine McBride, Hana Miletić, Deirdre O’Mahony, Richard Proffitt, Mario Rizzi, Aykan Safoğlu, Eimear Walshe.
Archive research presentation : The Reconciliation of the Blood Feuds Campaign, led by Erëmirë Krasniqi (Oral History Initiative), Betsy Damon Archive: Keepers of the Waters (Chengdu and Lhasa), led by Asia Art Archive.

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The Normal, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh


18 May – 29 Aug 2021

Talbot Rice Gallery
The University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Artists: Larry Achiampong, Amy Balkin, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Boyle Family, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & Sascha Pohflepp, Gabrielle Goliath, Femke Herregraven, Jarsdell Solutions Ltd, Kahlil Joseph, Tonya McMullan, Sarah Rose, James Webb

Curated by: Tessa Giblin & James Clegg

Curated in real-time, it explores ideas about pausing the train of progress, resurgent communities, ever-increasing proximity between humans and wildlife and the asymmetrical effects of this pandemic due to socioeconomic and racial inequality.

DEBRISPHERE - Landscape as an extension of the military imagination - NEW PUBLICATION


Artist book by Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan
Published by PUNCH
144 pages
13,5 x 20 cm

ISBN 9786069430033

Texts by: Noit Banai, Andrew Chubb, Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Hito Steyerl, Raluca Voinea, Eyal Weizman.

The artist book by Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan is published as an accompaniment to their eponymous installation, presented for the first time in the frame of "Natural Histories. Traces of the Political" exhibition at MUMOK Vienna in 2017.

Alongside the artists' case studies, which include Ariel Sharon Park, Teuflesberg, Diego Garcia, Johnston Atoll and the Spartly Islands, the publication includes four republished texts by Andrew Chubb, Hito Steyerl and Eyal Weizman, which informed the artists' research process, and also newly commissioned essays by Noit Banai, Maja & Reuben Fowkes and Raluca Voinea.

"Territories shaped by conflict and war, new geographical configurations that need to justify state and military expansions, artificially created natures concealing destruction and trauma, these are the bones and stones of the Debrisphere, the stratum above the Lithosphere that artists Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan have sampled and analysed. Benera and Estefán play with the fine line where fiction and reality blur. It is a line similar to that of countries’ borders built as impenetrable walls and fences, or that between the desert and the forest, or the invisible maritime line separating the international from the colonising. This line is also the boundary where the Debrisphere occurs." (Raluca Voinea)

Entangled Tales, public video art program in Stockholm



Entangled Tales is a public video art program in Stockholm subway at Skanstull station part of Region Stockholm's Konstväxlingar. The program, curated by Sara Rossling, shows works by the six international artists/artist duos Roy Samaha, Will Benedict, Anca Benera & Arnold Estéfan, and Anton Vidokle & Pelin Tan.

Overview Effect, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade


October 2nd 2020 – September 20th 2021

Museum of Contemporary Art
Ušće 10, blok 15, Belgrade

project and curatorial direction: Blanca de la Torre and Zoran Erić
production: Dragana Jovović
design: Andrej Dolinka, Katarina Popović

Artists participating in the first stage: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Tomas Colbengtson, Regina José Galindo, Markus Hiesleitner, Kinga Kiełczyńska, Elena Lavellés, Tea Mäkipää, Mary Mattingly, Anna Moreno, Branislav Nikolić, Mirko Nikolić, PSJM, Mariëlle Videler, Tanja Vujinović, Škart

All of the artists taking part in the first stage will either present new works or conceptually connect their outdoor projects with the works that will be shown in the exhibition at the Museum in 2021. Besides them, the list of artists taking part in the exhibition includes: 

Ravi Agarwal, Maria Thereza Alves, Vasco Araújo, Amy Balkin, Luna Bengoechea, Ursula Biemann, Tania Candiani, Juanli Carrión, Carolina Caycedo, Cian Dayrit, Dirk Fleischmann, Nina Galić, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Kitti Gosztola, Lungiswa Gqunta, Tue Greenfort, Michaela Grill, Igor Grubić, Christina Hermauer & Roman Keller, IC-98, Ingela Ihrman, The Institute of Queer Ecology, ISUMA, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Tamás Kaszás, Juyon Kim, Jacob Kirkegaard, Diana Lelonek, Ernst Logar, Nemanja Milenković, Amor Muñoz, Kevin Michael Murphy, N55, Michael Najjar, Nils Norman, Fernando Palma, Marjetica Potrč, Minna Rainio & Mark Roberts, Vera Stevanović, Robertina Šebjanič & Gjino Šutić, Thomas Thwaites, Adrienn Újházi, Marie Velardi, Juan Zamora, Bo Zheng 

The term Overview Effect was coined by Frank White in 1987 to describe the cognitive shift reported by a number of astronauts on having looked back from Space at their home planet Earth. The question is, do we need such a distant point of view of the planet we occupy, as a “crew of the Spaceship Earth” to use Buckminster Fuller’s metaphor, to realize that this “spaceship” is slowly running out of “fuel” and that the crew is in need of “oxygen”?

This project seeks to address the issue of the environmental justice that can only be approached through an analysis of the inseparable links between climate change and other forms of injustice related to gender, race, corporate imperialism, indigenous sovereignty, and the importance of decolonising and de-anthropocentrizing the planet in order to reshape an inclusive mindset akin to a multispecies world.

No Shelter from the Storm - Belvedere 21


20. August 2020

Belvedere 21
Arsenalstraße 1
1030 Wien

Curators: Christiane Erharter, Claudia Slanar
Public programme with: Anca Benera, Arnold Estefan, Maja Fowkes, Reuben Fowkes und Matthew Barney. 

Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, No Shelter From the Storm, 2015, Film-Still

Encircling the Image of Trauma_NEW PUBLICATION


Edited by Matei Bellu and Emilie Bujès
Design by Archive Appendix
Softcover with flaps
240 pages
ISBN 978-3-943620-53-5]

Contributions by Pavel Büchler, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Jenny Edkins, Aurélien Gamboni and Sandrine Teixido, Unica Zürn, Falke Pisano, Katja Mater, Georges Perec, Andrea Bellu, Ben Seymour, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Gitte Villesen

This book tiptoes between aesthetics and ethics; it proposes to rethink trauma in its necessity as well as impossibility to be represented and understood.

The traumatic experience of violence marks social orders and imbues history. How does it reach beyond distress and pain? This collection of works interrogates alternative narratives: The traces of trauma may also comprise a subversive potential, which withdraws from the hold of power and instead makes room for a sense of history’s vulnerability.

Thoughts, artistic contributions and text, most of them produced especially for this volume, move around notions of trauma, in an attempt to encircle moments, at whoch translation of meaning seems suddenly suspended.

Supported by Centre d’Art Contemporaine Genève

Silent Narratives at MOCA Yinchuan, China


June 2–August 8, 2019

Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan
Xingqing District, 750101 Yinchuan

Artists: Adel Abidin, Anca Benera &Arnold Estenfan, Arghavan Khosravi, Azita Moradkhani, Feifei Yu, Gohar Dashti, Guangli Liu, Guanzhen Wu, Jianhua Liu, Larissa Sansour, Linlin Li, Lu Zheng, Mounir Fatmi, Ning Zong, Ran Cheng, Ruijun Shen, Shiwei Ding, Sishun Wang, Song Yang, Tamir Zadok, Wenting Ma, Yingwei Pu, Zeina Barakeh, Zhengming Zhu

Curator: Mei Huang

“The title Silent Narratives was taken from Chaim Potok’s novel The Chosen, in which he describes: ‘I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own,’” explains Mei Huang in an interview about her curated exhibition Silent Narratives. The exhibition displays the archive of ancient artifacts of the Silk Road in the same space as the contemporary works of 25 artists from various countries along its route, such as China, Iraq, Israel, Iran, Palestine and Lebanon. Silent Narratives makes the cultural and historical exchanges possible between ancient and modern work silently, ignoring the limitations of time and space. As Roberto Mangabeira Unge has stated in The Self Awakened: “Any social theory that would escape the illusions of false necessity without surrendering to the fantasies of an unrestrained utopianism must make sense of this clash between the self-fulfilling prophecies and the recalcitrant facts.” Silent Narratives is not only related to the past, but also takes the present into account, creating narratives among the different struggles faced by the existing societies along its path. Hence, the ancient Silk Road is just an introduction, which invites us to view the world from the perspectives of the history, culture and politics of globalization.

In Silent Narratives both ancient literature and today’s visual arts are narrated by artists from their own points of view, either micro or macro, which also offers the possibility for visitors to interpret the history from multiple perspectives. Chantal Mouffe, a Belgian political thinker, believes that everything has something to do with politics and always will. Do the works of art also show the social and political contexts in which they have been made? In relation to this, political scientist Wang Hui talks about the discourse of “De-politicized Politics” that shapes contemporary societies. For Wang Hui, social and political struggles become silent as public space is deprived of its conflictual nature as the political and the social are trying to be constructed as two separated spaces. Silent Narratives also represents those silent social and political narratives present in artifacts and contemporary art works. By the interplay between ancient and contemporary, those issues that have been always present become more obvious to the audience. This exhibition is divided into three chapters: China, The Middle East and Western Europe. Topics such as Past and present, Eurocentrism, Colonialism and Post-Colonialism and the Far-right wing’s rise have been discussed in the show.