Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan

  • Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan Works

    Pacta sunt servanda, 2011-2012

    performance documented on video (HD video, sound, 16 min., 37 sec., in Romanian and Hungarian
    with English subtitles) 

  • Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan Works

    Isa, por ës homou vogymuk (Indeed, we are all dust and ashes), 2011

    installation (wood), variable dimensions

  • Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan Works

    The equitable principle
, 2012-ongoing

mixed-media installation 

  • Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan Works

    I work, therefore I'm not, 2012 - ongoing​

    mixed media installation, variable dimensions

  • Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan Works

    Doublethink ( Fekete Marcius 1990), 2013 - ongoing

    collages, watercolor and pencil on paper (29 / 42 cm each)

  • Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan Works

    Doublethink (Gaza Conflict), 2013 - ongoing

    collages, watercolor and pencil on paper (29 / 42 cm each)

  • Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan Works

    Doublethink (Crimea), 2013 - ongoing

    collages, watercolor and pencil on paper (29 / 42 cm each)


    The work of Anca Benera (Romanian) and Arnold Estefan (Hungarian) deals directly with the issue of cultural difference, exploring the caustic imprints on subjectivity of identity, history-writing and law-making. Their practice spans different media, cultural registers and disciplines to reflect on society as being a tissue of conventions that can and must be permanently re-imagined. They have been working collaboratively since 2011. They co-founded the Centre for Visual Introspection in Bucharest, where they generated a series of workshops, public art projects and publications, between 2008-2012. 


    Their works have been shown in 



    2018Ground Control, solo show, Centrala, Birmingham, UK; PRETTY SOON IF THIS KEEPS UP I’M GOING TO HAVE TO ENVELOP THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE, group show, GGM2, Gdańsk, Poland


    2017-2018Remastered - The Art of Appropriation, group show, Kunsthalle Krems


    2017 - Natural Histories,  group show, MUMOK Vienna; Fleeting Territories, group show, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna; OFF Biennale 2, Budapest; Life a User's Manual, group show, Art Encounters, Timișoara, Romania; Dreams & Dramas. Law as literature, group show, nGbK Berlin; Universal Hospitality 2, group show, Meetfactory Gallery, Prague; 


    2016The Measure of our Traveling Feet, group show, Marres House for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht; Universal Hospitality, Wiener Festwochen, group show, Alte Post, Vienna; Sights and Sounds: Highlights, group show, The Jewish Museum New York; We Only Went to NASA Together, solo show, MAK Center, Los Angeles


    2015-2016Global Control and Censorship, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, Under the Current Circumstances ..., IG BILDENDE KUNST, Vienna, Austria, Walking without Footprints,, Bratislava, Slovakia


    2015 - Austeria, BWA SOKOL Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nowy Sacz, Poland, Our Land/Alien Territory, special collateral event of the 6th Moscow Biennale 2015, Russia, The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015, Ukraine, Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution, Vienna Biennale, MAK Vienna, Check Your Head, Off Biennale Budapest, Embodied Resilience,, Berlin, Pocket Revolution, KF Gallery, Seoul, Sounth Korea, Private Nationalism, Open Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia


    2014 - Der Brancusi-Effekt, Kunsthalle Wien; Art Under a Dangerous Star: The Responsibilty of Art, and Studio Gallery, Budapest; Ways of Working, According to an Office Desk, Upominki, Rotterdam; Sights and Sounds, Global Film and Video, The Jewish Museum, New York; A Few Grams of Red, Yellow, Blue. New Romanian Art, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Like a Bird. Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art,, Bucharest; Private Nationalism, m 21 Gallery, Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, Pécs, Hungary 


    2013 - Mom, am I barbarian?, Istanbul Biennial 13; Like a Bird. Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art, Trafo Gallery, Budapest; œconomy, an already tumultuous landscape where phantasms cross, Oberwelt, Stuttgart; Video a-i-r, Galerie Art- Point, Vienna; Compensation for the lack of resources, Ivan Gallery, Bucharest (solo show); We were so few and so many of us are left,, Budapest, Bucharest (solo show); Come and go, Schweizerische Botschaft, Vienna; Measures of saving the world, < rotor >, Graz 


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


    2011 - Inventory, within the framework of Thessaloniki Biennale 3, BIEFF, Experimental Film Festival, Bucharest, Catedra de Istorie Temporara, Magma, Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania (solo show)




    2012 - Henkel Art Award Romania. Nominated for the Henkel Art Award Central and Eastern Europe

    2015 - Special prizes, Create Your Bucharest!, A MAK project for the Vienna Biennale 2015 


    Artistic residencies


    2015-2016 - AIR _ MAK Center LA, The Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program at the Mackey Apartments, Los Angeles, USA, October 2015 – March 2016

  • PRŌTOCOLLUM #2, DICKERSBACH KUNSTVERLAG, 2015/16, Contributing artists: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan (Romania), Irina Botea (Romania), Luis Camnitzer (Uruguay), Chto Delat (Russia), Dimitar Solakov (Bulgaria), Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor (Romania/Switzerland) (...)


    River Ecologies: Contemporary Art and Environmental Humanities on the Danube, Maja and Reuben Fowkes (eds.), Translocal Institute, 2015, Contributors: Greta Alfaro, Lise Autogena, Vlad Basalici, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Ursula Biemann, Axel Braun, Peter Coates (...)


    Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, 38.88%, published by Ivan Gallery & Asocatia pepluspatru, 2014, ISBN 978-973-0-17783-1


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