Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan

Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan

Artistic duo, b. 1977 & 1978, Romania
Lives and works in Bucharest

The work of Anca Benera (RO) and Arnold Estefan (HU) deals directly with the issue of cultural difference, exploring the caustic ways in which identity, history-writing and law-making imprint themselves on the personal and collective subjectivity.

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. The artists have been working collaboratively since 2011, one of their artistic projects actually consisting in a legalised form of their mutual sharing of the copyrights for their works. 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 at MUMOK Vienna (2017), “The School of Kyiv”, Kyiv Biennial (2015), Vienna Biennale (2015), Kunsthalle Wien (2014), The Jewish Museum (New York, 2014), 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013) and Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2012). În 2015 they were awarded a special prize inside “Create Your Bucharest!”, a MAK project for the Vienna Biennale 2015. Between October 2015 – March 2016 they had an artistic residency at the AIR_MAK Center LA, The Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program at the Mackey Apartments, Los Angeles, USA. They live and work in Bucharest.

Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, "Debrisphere. Landscape as an extension of the military imagination", 2017 - ongoing, mixed-media installation: works on paper (drawings, pencil on paper, 77x56 cm each; collages on paper, 26.5x17 cm each, scale models (coral sand, volcanic ash, resin, pigments), variable dimensions, photos by Klaus Pichler
« 1 of 27 »

Solo exhibitions

2018 – Ground Control (Centrala, Birmingham); The Call of the Outside (tranzit.ro, Cluj, Romania)
2016 – We Only Went to NASA Together (MAK Center, Los Angeles)
2013 – Compensation for the Lack of Resources (Ivan Gallery, Bucharest)
2013 – We Were So Few and so Many of Us Are Left (tranzit.hu, Budapest, tranzit.ro Bucharest)
2012 – Pacta sunt Servanda, Teatru Spalatorie, Chisinau, Moldavia
2011 – Catedra de istorie temporară (Magma, Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania)

Click here to Read More