Benera and Estefan
No Shelter From the Storm, 2015
HD video, 5 min., 42 sec.

Two people climb a mountainous terrain of destroyed forests, whistling the tune of Where Have All the Flowers Gone?* an anti-war protest song from the 1960s. This song has been translated, performed, and recorded in many different languages over the years.

The video work No Shelter From The Storm was shot in one of the last primeval forests in Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains on the borderlands between Romania and Ukraine, during a time of armed conflict on the territory of the post-Soviet country. This region on the Romanian-Ukrainian border is not only important for ecological reasons, but it is also politically, historically, and militarily significant.
No Shelter From The Storm addresses how the region has been exploited and ravaged by corrupt multinational corporations, revealing the traces of human activity in the forests. Whistled against the backdrop of devastating mountainsides, the international anti-war melody becomes an appeal against global exploitation and environmental destruction.

* The lyrics of the American folk song “Where have all the flowers gone?” originated in a pre-war Ukrainian Cossack folk tune mentioned in Mikhail Sholokhov’s 1928 novel “And Quiet Flows the Don”, in which war –in the form of both international conflict and civil uprising – provides the epic backdrop to the narrative.