Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan

Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan

Artistic duo, b. 1977 & 1978, Romania
Live and work in Bucharest

The work of Anca Benera (RO) and Arnold Estefan (RO/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 projects have been shown in the “Suoja / Shelter“ Festival, Helsinki (2019), at tranzit.sk, Bratislava (2019), MUCEM, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, Marseille (2019), Frac des Pays de la Loire, France (2018), the Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast (2018), 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). In 2015 they were awarded a special prize inside “Create Your Bucharest!”, a MAK project for the Vienna Biennale 2015. They have worked inside artistic residencies at the Ateliers Internationaux du Frac, Frac des Pays de la Loire (2018), MeetFactory, Prague (2017), AIR_MAK Center LA, The Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program at the Mackey Apartments, Los Angeles, USA (2015), among others.

Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, "Visible Manifestations of Invisible Forces", 2018 – 2019, installation of 15 UV prints on aluminium, plate, aluminium pipe structure and plastic joint, laboratory accessories, drawing on paper, sculptures (iron powder, metal, sand, crystal resin), metal military tripod, 3 Chladni metal plates, HD video with sound, installation view LISTE 2019
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Solo exhibitions

2019 – The Last Particles (40mcube, Rennes, France); What Ties Us Together (LaBF15, Lyon);
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)

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