Benera and Estefan
Bucharest based artists Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan work in a range of media spanning installation, video, and performance. They examine power relations in social, economic, and political contexts and reflect on society as being a tissue of laws and conventions that must be permanently re-imagined. Benera and Estefan are co-founders of the Centre for Visual Introspection in Bucharest, where they curated a series of workshops, public art projects and publications between 2008-2011. They have been working collaboratively since 2011.

Solo and group exhibitions:


MAC International  2018, Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC), Belfast, N-IRL (upcoming)
Manufacturing Nature / Naturalizing The Synthetic, Frac des Pays de la Loire, FR (upcoming)
Global Control and Censorship, Center for Modern and Contemporary Art - MODEM, Debrecen, HU (upcoming)
Landscape that Remembers, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, DE
Travelling with a Blind Map, Kisterem Gallery, Budapest, HU
Ozio, Manifesta 12 collateral event, Teatro Ditirammu, Palermo, IT
The Trouble with Value, Onomatopee Project Space, Eidhoven, NL
How Forests Think, Vysočina Regional Gallery, Jihlava, CZ
Ground Control, Centrala Gallery, Birmingham, UK (solo)
Pretty soon if this keeps up I'm going to have to envelop the entire universe, Gdańsk City Gallery, PL
The Call of the Outside,, RO (solo)

Natural Histories, Traces of the Political, MUMOK, Vienna, AT
Gaudiopolis 2017 – The City of Joy, Off Biennale 2, Budapest, HU
Remastered, Kunsthalle Krems, AT
Life a User's Manual, Art Encounters Biennial, Timisoara, RO
Fleeting Territories, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna, AT
Dreams&Dramas. Law as Literature, NGBK Berlin, DE
netWorks, Magma Contemporary Art Space, Tg. Mures, RO
Universal Hospitality, Center For Contemporary Art Futura, MeetFactory, Prague, CZ

The Measure of our Traveling Feet,   Marres | House for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, NL 
Sights and Sounds: Highlights, The Jewish Museum, New York, US
BIEFF, Experimental Film Festival, Bucharest, RO
We Only Went to NASA Together, MAK Center, Los Angeles, US
Universal Hospitality, Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, AT
GLOBALE: Global Control and Censorship, ZKM | Karlsruhe, DE

Our Land/Alien Territory, special project of 6th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, RU
The School of Kyiv – The Biennale, Kyiv, UA
Walking without Footprints,, Bratislava, SK
Austeria, BWA Sokol, Nowy Sacz, PL
Ideas for Change, 1st Vienna Biennale, MAK, Vienna, AT
Under the Current Circumstances, IG Bildende Kunst Gallery, Vienna, AT (solo)
Check Your Head!, Off Biennale Budapest, HU
Embodied Resilience,, Berlin, DE
Pocket Revolutions, Korea Foundation, Seoul, HK
Private Nationalism, Open Gallery, Bratislava, SK

Der Brancusi-Effekt, Kunsthalle Wien, AT
Sights and Sounds, Global Film and Video, The Jewish Museum, New York, US
Ways of Working, According to an Office Desk, Upominki, Rotterdam, NL
A Few Grams of Red, Yellow, Blue. New Romanian Art, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
Art Under a Dangerous Star: The Responsibilty of Art,, Budapest, HU
Hot & Cold: Revolution in the Present Tense, public art event, Cluj and Timisoara, RO
Mundus vadit retro, KIBLA PORTAL, Maribor, SI
Waiting Spaces, Public Art Festival, Timisoara, RO
Like a Bird. Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art,, Bucharest, RO
Private Nationalism, m 21 Gallery, Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, Pécs, HU

Mom, am I barbarian?, 13st Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, TR
Like a Bird. Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art, Trafo Gallery, Budapest, HU
oeconomy, an already tumultuous landscape where phantasms cross, Oberwelt, Stuttgart, DE
Compenstaion for Lack of Resources, Ivan Gallery, Bucharest, RO (solo)
Video a-i-r, Galerie ArtPoint, Vienna, AT
We Were So Few and So Many Of Us Are Left, Budapest, HU (solo)
Days of Labour, Nights of Leisure –Art as the Disruption of Everyday Life, Knoll Gallery, Budapest, HU
Come and Go, Schweizerische Botschaft, Vienna, AT
Measures of Saving the World, < rotor >, Graz, AT
We Were So Few and So Many Of Us Are Left, Bucharest, RO (solo)

Intense Proximity, La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR
Winning Hearts and Minds, lecture performance within the project conducted by Critical Art Ensemble at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, DE
Global fara globalizare. De la matematica pana în China, Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest, RO
Pacta sunt Servanda, Teatru Spalatorie, Chisinau, MD (solo)
Inexactly This, Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam, NL
Art or Life: aesthetics and biopolitics, curated by_vienna 2012, Vienna, AT

BIEFF, Experimental Film Festival, Bucharest, RO
Catedra de Istorie Temporara, Magma Contemporary Art Space, Sfantu Gheorghe, RO (solo)

2015  Create Your Bucharest! 1st Vienna Biennale, MAK, Vienna, AT (special prize)
2012  Henkel Art Award Romania (winners)
2012  Henkel Art Award Central and Eastern Europe, MUMOK, Vienna, AT (nominalization)

Selected curatorial projects within the framework of Centre for Visual Introspection:
2012   The Imaginary Institution, La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR
2012   The Imaginary Institution, Inexactly This, Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam, NL
2011    Self Publishing in Times of Freedom and Repression, lectures and workshop, CVI Bucharest, RO
2011    Inventory, within the framework of Thessaloniki Biennale 3, Thessaloniki, GR
2010   Where Art Does Take Place in the End Times?, Caminul Cultural, Bucharest, RO
2010   Making Off, CVI, Bucharest, RO
2008  Ars Telefonica, public art project, Bucharest, RO

Residencies and Scholarships:
2018  Frac des Pays de la Loire, Nantes, FR (Sept.-Nov.)
2017  MeetFactory, Prague, CZ (Iun.-Aug.)
2015  MAK Schindler Scholarship Program, Los Angeles, US (Oct. 2015 – Mar. 2016)
2015  AIR Krems, Kunsthalle Krems, AT (Jan.-Mar.)
2013  KulturKontakt, Vienna, AT (Mar.-May)

Selected Publications, artist books and contributions:
2018 Metaphor. Protest. Concept. Performance Art from Romania and Moldova, published by IDEA, RO
2017 Dreams & Dramas. Law as literature, published by nGbK, DE
2017  Please Come Back: The World as Prison, published by Mousse Publishing and MAXXI Rome, IT
2015  River Ecologies: Contemporary Art and Environmental Humanities on the Danube, published by Translocal Institute, Budapest, HU
2014  38,88%, published by pplus4 Association and Ivan Gallery, Bucharest, RO
2014  From object to subject, IDEA art + society, nr. 44 (24 pages insert), Cluj, RO
2011  Bucharest: Matter & History. The public monument and its discontents (author Anca Benera), published by ICR, Bucharest, RO
2011  Hard Edit. Self Publishing in Times of Freedom and Repression, publication published by CVI Bucharest, RO

Selected Reviews, Writings and Interviews:
2018: "Manifesta Biennale | Ecco cosa vedere: ReSignifications, Ozio, Giochi Senza Frontiere, Black Med, In Silenzio",  Johanne Affricot,, June 2018
2018: “Ozio”,, June 2018
2018: "Ozio, una mostra sullo scorrere del tempo al Teatro Ditirammu di Palermo", Desirée Maida,, June 2018
2018: "Let’s talk performance art", Marina Oprea,, May 2018
2018: "Ground Control by Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan at Centrala Gallery",, February, 2017
2017 " Natural Histories: Traces of the Political", Max L. Feldman,, November, 2017
2017 "Jus soil", Flóra Gadó,, November, 2017
2017 "Holobiontul, publicul și psihiatria. De trei ori performance", Iulia Popovici,, November, 2017
2017 "In Bucharest, contemporary art is independent", Gabi Scardi,, November, 2017
2017 "The Artist As… – On the works of Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán", Flóra Gadó, / east art mags, November, 2017
2017 "Zwischen Geschichte und Aufbruch", Roland Schöny,, September, 2017
2017 "Globális vendégszeretet – szemben a nemzeti ellenségeskedéssel", Katarína Karafová,, May, 2017
2017 "A refugee in a gallery", Jakub Gawkowski,, August, 2017
2016 "Kun je (post-Trump) nog optimistisch zijn over migratie?", Domeniek Ruyters, Metropolis M, Issue no.6, December, 2016
2016 "Dromadrone", Morgan Labar,, Iun. 2016
2016 "Urban Wildlife: The Human Influence on the Social Life of Birds",, Aug. 2016
2016 "Brot aus Omas zermahlenen Möbeln", Johannes Luxner,, May 2016
2015 "Disputed Territories, Uncertain Positions", Sergey Guskov,, Oct, 2015
2015 "When powerless becomes form", Barbara Dudas in conversation with A. Benera & A. Estefan,, May, 2015
2015 "Disputed Territories, Uncertain Positions", Sergey Guskov,, Oct, 2015
2015 " The Power of the Many", Roland Schöny,, May, 2015
2015 "Itt és mást. Mi változik az OFF után?, Nagy Gergely,, Iun. 2015
2014 „Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan“, Amy Bryzgel,
2014 "Kortars kepzomuveszeti het Becsben", Lesi Anita, Lesi Zoltan, Balkon, Issue #11-12, Dec. 2014
2014 "Urban Wildlife Urban Wildlife: The Human Influence on the Social Life of Birds", Maja & Reuben Fowkes in conversation with
            A. Benera & A. Estefan,
2014 "Contemporary Art in Romania", Simona Nastac,, Mar. 2014
2014 "Mint a muvészet", Frazon Zsófia,, Jan, 2014
2014 “Madarat tolláról: szárnyasok a Trafóban”, Gadó Flóra,, Jan, 2014
2013 „Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan“, Daria Ghiu, Artforum, September Issue
2013 "Uygar dunyanin barbar bienali", Evrim Altug, ART Unlimited, Issue #23, Oct. 2013
2013 „A nemzeti identitásra úgy tekintünk, mint egy bélyegre”, Muskovics Gyula in conversation with A. Benera & A. Estefan,
 , Oct. 2013
2013 "Das Perpetuum Mobile und die Samenkanone", Wenzel Mraek,, Jun, 2013
2013 "Yeni baylayanlar için Bienal", Lora Sali,, Sept. 2013
2012 "Die Räume anderer Museen durchwandern", Roland Schöny, FAQ Magazine, Issue #19
2010 "X-raying the Landscape of our subzistence: the Center for Visual Introspection", IDEA art & society magazine, Issue #35, 2010

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