Arnold Estefán

Universal Hospitality, Wiener Festwochen (ongoing)

30.01.2016

13 May - 19 June 2016

Alte Post
Dominikanerbastei 11
1010 Vienna

Artists: Anca Benera / Arnold Estefan, Dante Buu, András Cséfalvay, Petra Gerschner, GLUKLYA / Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya, Szabolcs KissPál, Martin Krenn, Lisbeth Kovacic, Tomasz Kulka, Sanja Iveković, Damian Le Bas, Delaine Le Bas, Lőrinc Borsos, Marina Naprushkina, Csaba Nemes, Adrian Paci, Martin Piaček, Lisl Ponger, R.E.P. Group, Oliver Ressler, Mykola Ridnyi, Marika Schmiedt, Société Réaliste / Ferenc Gróf, Lucia Tkáčová-Anetta Mona Chisa, Artur Zmijewski a. o.

Curators: Edit András, Birgit Lurz, Ilona Németh, Wolfgang Schlag

At a time when the values of humanism and emancipation, which Europe seems to take for granted, are shaking in the midst of people in motion, artists envision a world transgressing borders, walls and fences and create trans-national spaces for action and thinking.
The method of governing in which nationalism is closely intertwined with populism, though more virulent in the post-socialist countries, is no longer confined to behind the Iron Curtain. Borders are crossed and closed, throughout the continent. The genie of xenophobia is out of the bottle and looms also in affluent countries as a projection of fear of losing wealth and a comfortable life.
In response, artists from all around Europe strive for a re-entitlement of people, facilitating communication and connectedness through their virtual network, mobilizing the moral and artistic power of civic ideas.
The Alte Post of Vienna, which once served as an agent of change curtailing feudal privileges in communication, provides a space for artists’ visions of an open and inclusive world to overcome nationalistic patterns of thinking and exclusion.



http://festwochen.at

Sights and Sounds: Highlights at The Jewish Museum NY (ongoing)

30.01.2016

February 5 - June 30, 2016

Jewish Museum, New York
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York, NY 10128

Artists: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan (Romania); Mika Rottenberg (Israel); Oscar Muñoz (Colombia); Studio Revolt + Khmer Arts (Cambodia); Regina Parra (Brazil); Eliana Otta (Peru); Robert Arndt (Canada); Iris Buchholz Chocolate (Angola); Chen Shaoxiong (China);Salomé Lamas (Portugal); Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore); Karolina Breguła (Poland);Angelica Mesiti (Australia); Nevin Aladağ (Turkey); UuDam Tran Nguyen (Vietnam); Edgardo Aragón (Mexico); Katarina Šević and Tehnica Schweiz (Hungary); Uche Okpa-Iroha (Nigeria); Ranbir Kaleka (India); Vanessa Portieles and Yanelvis González (Cuba); Shannon Te Ao (New Zealand); Martha Atienza (Philippines); Leticia Obeid (Argentina); Dineo Seshee Bopape (South Africa); Ishu Han (Japan).

Features key work by 25 artists from around the world, presented as the final installment in the Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video exhibition series.

http://thejewishmuseum.org

We Only Went to NASA Together at MAK Center, Los Angeles

28.01.2016

March 11 – March 18, 2016

Mackey Apartments
1137 S Cochran Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

An exhibition by the 41st group of MAK Center’s Artists and Architects-in-Residence.

Bucharest-based artists Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan understood the Southern California landscape as currently and historically an extension of the military imagination, connecting disparate points to look back to their home along the NATO frontier. For their Final Projects installation in the Mackey Garage Top, Benera and Estefan presented a three-part installation using Google maps, military surplus materials, historic imagery, and a diagram of the ‘political equator.’



www.makcenter.org

Walking without Footprints at tranzit.sk

16.11.2015

11 December 2015 – 27 February 2016

Opening: 11.12. 2015 at 6.00 p.m.
Venue: tranzit.sk, Beskydská 12, Bratislava

Curators:
Maja and Reuben Fowkes

Participating artists: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Fokus Grupa (Iva Kovač / Elvis Krstulović), Oto Hudec, Michal Kindernay,
Cecylia Malik, Davor Sanvincenti

To walk in the landscape today is to do so with awareness of the anthropogenic transformation of the natural world, while walking in the urban environment synchronises the rhythm of our steps with the great acceleration of the high-tech city. The sensory experience of strolling, hiking or rambling creates the conditions for uncharted reflection, providing space and time for observation, contemplation and engagement with the material world. Walking is however as much historically-conditioned as it is an innate human experience and in the current moment of ecological crisis the familiar ways of walking, from the determined strides of the wilderness explorer to the carefree saunter of the urban flâneur, are shaken by the encroaching prospect of climate change. This exhibition investigates how in today’s twenty-four seven culture, where minimising time and maximising speed is a prerequisite, the choice to move through the world at a pace of five kilometres an hour could create the conditions to reconnect with ecological realities.



sk.tranzit.org

PRŌTOCOLLUM #2 (OUT NOW)

13.11.2015

Berlin-based DICKERSBACH KUNSTVERLAG presents the second issue of PRŌTOCOLLUM, an annually published artists’ journal dedicated to non-Western contemporary visual artists, art narratives and art history. Honouring its motto Global Perspectives on Visual Vocabulary, PRŌTOCOLLUM’s issue for 2015/16 features contributions by 92 visual artists and art collectives from 53 countries across Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.

Contributing artists are: Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme (Palestine), Vyacheslav Akhunov (Uzbekistan), Karo Akpokiere (Nigeria), Ammar Al-Beik (Syria), Yuri Albert (Russia), Halil Altindere (Turkey), Jude Anogwih (Nigeria), Alexander Apóstol (Venezuela), Luis Cruz Azaceta (Cuba), Cheikhou Bâ (Senegal), Fayçal Baghriche (Algeria), Ali Banisadr (Iran), Jean-Pierre Bekolo (Cameroon), Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan (Romania), Irina Botea (Romania), Luis Camnitzer (Uruguay), Nidhal Chamekh (Tunisia), Chen Chieh-jen (Taiwan), Chto Delat (Russia), Tiffany Chung (Vietnam), Carlos Cruz-Diez (Venezuela), Blue Curry (Bahamas), Danica Dakić (Bosnia), Gohar Dashti (Iran), Jose Dávila (Mexico), Gilles Elie-Dit-Cosaque (France), Patricia Esquivias (Venezuela), Etcetera (Argentina/Chile), İnci Eviner (Turkey), Rita Fischer (Uruguay), Fokus Grupa (Croatia), Jeanno Gaussi (Afghanistan), Kendell Geers (South Africa), Gil & Moti (Israel), Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid (Slovenia), Rula Halawani (Palestine), Hoang Duong Cam (Vietnam), HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican?, IRWIN Group (Slovenia), Délio Jasse (Angola), Hiwa K (Iraq), Šejla Kamerić (Bosnia), Krištof Kintera (Czech Republic), Barbora Kleinhamplová (Czech Republic), Katarzyna Kozyra (Poland), Wiz Kudowor (Ghana), Nedim Kufi (Iraq), Miriam Syowia Kyambi (Kenya), Lee Yongbaek (Korea), Zbigniew Libera (Poland), Lucía Madriz (Costa Rica), MAP Office (Morocco/France), Misheck Masamvu (Zimbabwe), Vincent Michéa (France/Senegal), Ivan Moudov (Bulgaria), Lada Nakonechna (Ukraine), Moataz Nasr (Egypt), Aimé Ntakiyica (Burundi), Mahmoud Obaidi (Iraq), OPAVIVARÁ! (Brazil), Open Group (Ukraine), Luis González Palma (Guatemala), Jorge Pardo (Cuba), Pratchaya Phinthong (Thailand), Cameron Platter (South Africa), Shahpour Pouyan (Iran), Ana Prvački (Serbia), Pors & Rao (India/Denmark), Mykola Ridnyi (Ukraine), Luciana Rondolini (Argentina), Steve Sabella (Palestine), Georges Senga (Congo), Sheng Qi (China), Regina Silveira (Brazil), Dimitar Solakov (Bulgaria), Sun Yuan & Peng Yu (China), Teppei Kaneuji (Japan), Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon), Tromarama (Indonesia), Rodrigo Valenzuela (Chile), Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor (Romania/Switzerland), Ryszard Waśko (Poland), Pavel Wolberg (Russia), Nil Yalter (Turkey), Héctor Zamora (Mexico), Arseny Zhilyaev (Russia).


protocollum.org

Under the Current Circumstances ...

13.11.2015

17 Nov. 2015 - 10 Jan. 2016
IG BILDENDE KUNST, Wien, Austria
Gumpendorfer Straße 10-12

Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan (RO) and Oellinger/Rainer (A)
Curators: Verena Gamper and Sonja Schön

The making of art has always had its topical concomitants. Whether with deep cuts or fine slices, the two artist couples Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan and oellinger/rainer (Hannah Oellinger and Manfred Rainer) take on the production conditions in the field of art, focusing particularly on the downsides of making creativity one’s occupation: from unpaid internships to indispensable networking, from the self-perpetuating, distorted mirroring of oneself and others to the cross-financing of the artist’s existence through day jobs.


An Artist Who Cannot Network Is No Artist (d'après Mladen Stilinovic), Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, 2015
flag (acrylic on artificial silk), 150 x 250 cm

www.igbildendekunst.at

AIR _ MAK Center LA (ongoing)

16.10.2015

October 2015 – March 2016
The Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program at the Mackey Apartments, Los Angeles.
www.makcenter.org

Global Control and Censorship (ongoing)

21.08.2015

03.10.2015 - 01.05.2016
ZKM | Karlsruhe, Germany

Curator:
Bernhard Serexhe
Co-Curator: Lívia Rózsás

Knowledge is power. And power is possessed especially by whoever controls the flow of information. This applies particularly in digital culture, where all the information in the World Wide Web can be manipulated, uncontrolled. For a long time, a hope for new forms of democratic participation arose from the use of these digital instruments, but recently they have been misused as the ideal door opener for the surveillance of billions of people. Democratic states have long reserved the right to spy even on their »friends«, in all military, economic, and social aspects, and on all levels: governments, organizations, NGOs, and individual citizens are all under surveillance.
Besides mass analysis of communications metadata and massive access to personal data, there is increasingly open or clandestine censorship through manipulation or shutting down. Where the fear of this threat has no effect, the secrecy of important information is enforced, with methods ranging from hindering publication to kidnapping and assassinating journalists. Being at the mercy of overwhelmingly powerful authorities of control and censorship has become the conditio humana of our time. Today a large part of the public has already resigned in the face of a ubiquitous state and commercial surveillance.

This exhibition is based on the collaboration with a network of scientists, journalists, activists, and artists in some twenty countries around the world, and in cooperation with expert organizations such as the German PEN Center, the Chaos Computer Club, Reporters Without Borders, and such platforms as netzpolitik. org, digitalcourage.de, WikiLeaks, and others. The exhibition’s aim is to expand public debate about the ever-present surveillance and censorship methods, which is an urgent priority not only due to constant new reports in the media, but especially because of the extensive obstruction of the investigation of these practices.

Contributors: aaajiao (Xu Wenkai), Hamra Abbas, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Selma Alaçam, Halil Altindere, Jacob Appelbaum, Olivia Arthur, Sophia Bauer, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Michael Bielicky & Kamila B. Richter, Zach Blas, Osman Bozkurt, James Bridle, Gonçalo F. Cardoso, Alice Cavoudjian, Chen Ching-Yao, James Coupe, Maxim Dondyuk, Hasan Elahi, Mounir Fatmi, Lutz Fetzer, Finger Pointing Worker + Kota Takeuchi, Daniel G. Andújar, Fidel García, Benjamin Gaulon, Laurent Grasso, Michael Grudziecki, Holly Herndon, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, Jonathon Keats, Martin Lukas Kim, Andée Korpys & Marcus Löffler, Joe Krasean, Frédéric Krauke, Kwan Sheung Chi, Marc Lee, Alexander Lehmann, Milica Lopičić, Jorge Loureiro, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jonas Lund, Jill Magid, Virginia Mastrogiannaki, Erik Mátrai,, Metahaven, Tomomi Morishima, Jens Mühlhoff, Gerardo Nolasco Magaña, Chris Oakley, Şener Özmen, Trevor Paglen, Ruben Pater, Dieter, Paul, Chantal Peñalosa, Dan Perjovschi, Axel Philipp, Sascha Pohle, Ma Qiusha, Oliver Ressler, Khvay Samnang, Julia Scher, Shinseungback, Kimyonghun, Christian Sievers, Hito Steyerl, Svay Sareth, Team Titanic, Wilko Thiele, UBERMORGEN.COM, Young-Hae Chang Heavy, Industries, Damian Weber & Elisabeth Pleß, Moritz Walser, Alex Wenger & Max-Gerd Retzlaff



www.zkm.de

Austeria

21.08.2015

October 10–November 29, 2015

BWA SOKOL Gallery of Contemporary Art
Nowy Sacz, Poland

Artists: Adel Abidin, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefán, Mihaela Dragan (featuring Elena Albu), Monika Drozynska, Aslan Gaisumov, Agnieszka Kalinowska, Yuri Leiderman, Nicoleta Moise & Olalla Castro, Dorota Podlaska, Maya Sumbadze, Ferhat Özgür, Alicja Zebrowska & Jacek Lichon

Curators: Anna Smolak and Raluca Voinea



These days, a “Welcome” sign turned rusty and derelict, hangs invisibly, in the wind at all the European borders. Gates open randomly, reflecting starry light through bullet holes. Some people are lucky to get through, at least as far as the next fence. The flowers, the young girls, the young men and the soldiers are all long gone. Graveyards are opening and the victims of mass killings are being resurrected to meet one another, when the poles of the Earth are reversed and the new Elysium is relocated south. Three soldiers light their cigarettes with the same match, the third one will be shot. There is a time when everyone needs a refuge. Temporary shelters bring together strangers with the estranged, where all they share are stories and flavours, too seldom hope. Young girls and young men are still getting married, according to all the rituals, some of them against their will. Tradition and emancipation, belonging and desire, fate and rebellion, mourning and joy all conflict in our everyday lives and in the news we read or experience. This is as true now as it was a hundred years ago and will perhaps be two hundred years from now.

Welcome to Austeria, the hideaway, the small and remote place, where so many things can happen during a one-night stop-over: revolutions can be plotted, wars can pass by, people can fall in love or kill each other; tenderness, empathy or aloofness can all melt together in the air of a transitory space at the margin of the world, where geographies become distant and histories come alive.

Austeria—the exhibition—is an invitation to celebrate with us, despite the grim present and echoes of troubled history, these suspended moments of random encounters, fleeting conversations, shared local customs and forgotten songs, a foretold future that may or may not come to pass.

www.bwasokol.pl

Our Land/Alien Territory

20.08.2015

September 16–October 7, 2015
special collateral event of the 6th Moscow Biennale 2015
Central Manege, 1, Manege Square Moscow

Opening: September 15, 7pm
                                                                                                                                                    
Our Land/Foreign Territory is a large-scale exhibition involving both international and Russian artists, focused on the phenomenon of disputed territories – geographical spaces, whose legal and political status is disputed at the very least by two states.

Curator: Yulia Aksenova

Artists: Maja Bajevic, Aleksandr Barkovskiy, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Sergey Bratkov, Tiffany Chung, Shezad Dawood, Danica Dakic, Sophie Ernst, Sofya Gavrilova, Aslan Gaisumov, Shilpa Gupta, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Albert Heta, Elizabeth Hoak-Doering, Sitara Ibragimova, Amar Kanwar, David-Perez Karmadavis, Yulia Kazas, Taus Makhacheva, Anja Medved, Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Igor Mukhin, Mehreen Murtaza, Nira Pereg, Dan Peterman, Tenzing Rigdol, Kristina Romanova, Stefan Rusu, Shahzia Sikander, Motoyuki Shitamichi and Urban Fauna Lab



www.researcharts.ru
www.triumph-gallery.com

The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015

02.07.2015

8 September – 1 November 2015

The main location of the School of Kyiv will be the House of Clothes at Lvivska Square (Kyiv), a masterpiece of late Soviet modernism, designed by Valentyn Yezhov. Two levels of the former department store will be transformed into an experimental space for art and knowledge production, open to a broad audience. By this choice, the biennial emphasizes its intention and potential for developing new art infrastructures in Kyiv.


Curated by Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Shöllhammer (Vienna), and conceived together with Visual Culture Research Center (Kyiv).

Projects by Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan (Romania), Anna Daučíková (Slovakia), Anna Jermolaewa (Russia – Austria), Antonio Cosentino (Turkey), Aslı Çavuşoğlu (Turkey), Aura Rosenberg (USA), Boris Ondreička (Slovakia), Denisa Lehocká (Slovakia), Heinz Frank (Austria), Imogen Stidworthy (UK), Ion Grigorescu (Romania), Jiří Kovanda (Czech), Josef Dabernig (Austria), Laure Prouvost (France), Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc (France), Mikhail Tolmachev (Russia), Mladen Stilinović (Croatia), Neïl Beloufa (France), Paweł Althamer (Poland), Ricardo Basbaum (Brazil), Robert Carlton Breer (USA), Till Gathmann (Germany), Wendelien van Oldenborgh (Netherlands), William Kentridge (South Africa), Yves Netzhammer (Switzerland), Zofia Kulik (Poland), ...

Six schools integrated in the exhibition space are stages and places for reflection, debate, and work. Their classes bring together artists, intellectuals, activists, and students, who will be able to cooperate with their colleagues and a broad audience. Every school raises issues relevant for Ukrainian and European society, as well as political reactions to current challenges.

The School of Abducted Europe. In different formats, like lectures, seminars, public discussions, and workshops, the School of Abducted Europe envisions and questions how another Europe can exist. Sanja Iveković (Croatia), Emily Wardill (United Kingdom), Ivan Krastev (Bulgaria), Shalini Randeria (Austria), Timothy Snyder (USA), and Marci Shore (USA), among others, are contributing to the classes of the School.

The School of the Displaced. Internally displaced persons will gather and share their experiences with artists who have become refugees for political reasons; they will work together with civic initiatives to explore how displacement can be political resistance and self-definition.
The musician Rami Essam (Egypt – Sweden), “the voice of Tahrir Square”; Helge Lunde (Norway), the Head of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN); the artists Ahmet Ögüt (Turkey), Milica Tomić (Serbia), Marina Naprushkina (Belarus), and Adelita Husni-Bey (Libya – Italy) are just a few of the fellows of the School.

The School of Image and Evidence aims at deconstructing the status of image in current propaganda wars by using film production as an instrument for critical analysis of the war in Ukraine. Film directors, media activists, and researchers will work on a series of documentaries in collaboration with Ukrainian and international filmmakers. Among the participants are Serhiy Loznytsya (Ukraine – Germany), Hito Steyerl (Germany), Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir (Israel), Artur Żmijewski (Poland), Haim Sokol (Russia), Nataliya Gumenyuk (Ukraine).

The School of Landscape. Landscape as a key notion of national imaginary and land as a territory of struggles and dreams are at the core of the classes of this school. Artists and geographers, poets and political theorists, historians and economists will explore cultural and political readings of this paradigm.Tetyana Zhurzhenko (Ukraine – Austria), Martin Pollack (Austria), Andreas Siekmann (Germany), Vladislav Shapovalov (Russia), Taus Makhacheva (Russia), Grupo Etcétera (Argentina), Igor and Ivan Bukharov (Hungary) are joining the School together with other local and international participants.

The School of the Lonesome will work around emotional remains of revolutionary euphoria in the loneliness that follows its end. Activists who took part in uprisings on Maidan, Gezi, Tahrir, in Hong Kong, Russia, and Argentina will work on microdramas, poetic actions, and performances imagining a new political subject after its loss. These pieces will be elaborated together with theater performers and the general audience by artists including Zeino Pekünlü (Turkey), Graciela Carnevale (Argentina), Keti Chukhrov (Russia), Tony Chakar (Lebanon), Kwan Sheung Chi (Hong Kong).

The School of Realism. Realism has a long and dominant history in Ukrainian art. Realism is a combat term in contemporary art. The school will be an arena where these different notions of realism will meet in theory and practice. The School of Realism will host classes and pieces by Dmitriy Gutov (Russia), Kazimir Malevich (Serbia), Doug Ashford (USA), Anke Hennig (Germany), John Miller (USA) curating a group of fifteen American artists, and others.

http://www.theschoolofkyiv.org/

River Ecologies

18.06.2015

River Ecologies: Contemporary Art and Environmental Humanities on the Danube

Edited by: Maja and Reuben Fowkes
Translocal Institute, 2015


Challenging anthropocentric conventions that seek to harness the river for economic, cultural and political purposes, River Ecologies places the complex ecological materiality of the Danube at the centre of artistic and scholarly attention. Drawing on the insights of artists, scientists, anthropologists, writers and environmental historians, brought together in the experiential setting of the River School, this collective inquiry journeys to sites of urban and natural wilderness to explore issues of reciprocity, resilience, non-human agency and interspecies solidarity. From the confluence of contemporary art and environmental humanities, the artistic and theoretical reflections of River Ecologies flow through the critical habitats of Rewilding Mentalities, Avian Ethnographies, Environmental Histories and Biosphere Responsibility to reengage with the natural world.

River Ecologies: Contemporary Art and Environmental Humanities on the Danube is edited by art and ecology researchers Drs. Maja and Reuben Fowkes, directors of Translocal Institute of Contemporary Art Budapest.
Contributors: Greta Alfaro, Lise Autogena, Vlad Basalici, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Ursula Biemann, Axel Braun, Peter Coates, Ian Fairlie, Fernando Garcia-Dory, Michal Hvorecky, John Jordan and Isa Fremeaux, József R. Juhász, Tamás Kaszás and Anikó Loránt, Szabolcs Kisspál, London Fieldworks, Cecylia Malik, Ilona Németh, James Prosek, Andrea Roe, Martin Schmid, Miruna Tîrcă, Vaylo

Vienna Biennale 2015

15.05.2015

Vienna Biennale 2015: Ideas For Change
11 June–4 October 2015

How do we want to live and work in the future? How do we want to develop our cities? As the first multi-sector biennale, the Vienna Biennale is a platform for contributions in art, design, and architecture to make a better society. Initiated by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Director of the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, the Vienna Biennale is organized by the MAK in partnership with the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Kunsthalle Wien, the Architekturzentrum Wien, as well as departure, the creative center of the Vienna Business Agency, with support from the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology.



Curators: Pedro Gadanho, Harald Gruendl, Maria Lind, Peter Weibel

Participating artists, designers, and architects:
Pablo Accinelli, Ovidiu Anton, Alexandru Bălășescu, Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée, Atelier Kempe Thill Architects and Planners, awg – Alles Wird Gut Architekten, Ayreen Anastas & René Gabri, Doug Ashford, Claire Barclay, Rana Begum, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Horia Bernea, Bevk Perović Arhitekti, Bikvanderpol, Ion Bitzan, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin, Geta Brătescu, Ben Thorp Brown, André Cadere, Cino Zucchi Architetti, Andreea Ciobica, Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra), Larisa Crunțeanu & Xandra Popescu, Elena Damiani, Shezad Dawood, Răzvan Delcea & Andrei Voica, Verena Dengler, Carola Dertnig, Harm van den Dorpel, Andreas Duscha, Ensamble Studio/MIT-POPlab, Annika Eriksson, Belu-Simion Fainaru, Matias Faldbakken, Mounir Farmanfarmaian, Harun Farocki & Andrei Ujică, Constantin Flondor, Sigma 1, Andreas Fogarasi, future.lab (Technische Universität Wien), Adrian Ghenie, Franz Graf, Eileen Grey & Jean Badovici, Ion Grigorescu, Erdem Gündüz, Ane Hjort Guttu, Oliver Hangl & Der Wiener Beschwerdechor, Helen & Hard, Hild und K Architekten, Kathi Hofer, Tom Holert, Barbara Holub, ID2 (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien), Marcel Janco, Peter Jellitsch, Klaus Kada, Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, Julia Landsiedl, Hannes Langeder, Van Bo Le-Mentzel & Jakob Listabarth, Marysia Lewandowska, Johan Lorbeer, Lazar Lyutakov, Mahony, MAP Office, MAS Urban Design, Christian Mayer, Dan Mihaltianu, SubREAL, Milliardenstadt Hypotopia, Ion Lucian Murnu, Ciprian Mursean, NANK – Neue Arbeit Neue Kultur, Ulrich Nausner, Paul Neagu, Network Architecture Lab, Mircea Nicolae, NLÉ, Maria Daria Oancea & George Octavian Marinescu, Okin Collective, Dragoș Olea, Philippe Parreno, Dan Perjovschi, Danica Phelps, Amalia Pica, Eugenia Pop, Rareș Tudor Pop, Raluca Popa, Yelena Popova, Projekt Bank für Gemeinwohl, Walid Raad, Andra Răcășan & Elena Rucsandra Maior, RUA Arquitetos, Barbis Ruder, Valentin Ruhry, Carmen Secăreanu, Shinseungback & Kimyonghun, SITU Studio, Amy Spiers & Catherine Ryan, Daniel Spoerri, STEALTH unlimited & Stefan Gruber, Gina Ster, SUBOTRON, Superpool, Iulia Toma, URBZ: user-generated cities, Verein Samstag, Andrei Ujică, Dries Verhoeven, von Ballmoos Krucker Architekten, Seth Weiner, Wermke & Leinkauf, Haegue Yang, Artur Zmijewski, Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas

www.viennabiennale.org

OFF-BIENNALE

10.04.2015

24 April – 31 May 2015
Budapest, Hungary

Curatorial team:
Nikolett Erőss, Anna Juhász, Hajnalka Somogyi, Tijana Stepanovic, Borbála Szalai, Katalin Székely, János Szoboszlai

Participants:
Hilla Ben Ari, Daniela Baráčková, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Celine Condorelli, István Csákány, Attila Csörgő, Gabriella Csoszó, Dobrila Denegri, Lina Džuverović, Miklós Erdély, Andreas Fogarasi, Fokus Grupa, Péter Forgács, Goldin + Senneby, Alenka Gregorić, Igor Grubić, Tamás Kaszás, Anton Lederer & Margarethe Makovec, Tevž Logar, Edit Molnár, Ivan Moudov, Daniel Muzyczuk, Adrian Paci, Krsto Papić, Clara S Rueprich, Little Warsaw, Barbara Klímová, Ádám Kokesch, Eva Kotátkova, Dóra Maurer, Mladen Miljanovic, Edit Molnár, Ivan Moudov, Csaba Nemes, Hajnal Németh, Lívia Páldi, Dan Perjovschi, Alexandra Pirici – Manuel Pelmuş, Tomáš Pospiszyl, Pedro Reyes, Katarina Šević, Kati Simon, Konrad Smoleński, Société Réaliste, Łukasz Ronduda, Technica Schweiz, Milica Tomić, Ulay, Ana Witt, Katarina Zdjelar etc.



OFF-Biennale Budapest is a series of exhibitions and art events in and beyond the city of Budapest. Its concept is different from traditional biennials as we know them. Not affiliated with any institution, it is a voluntary collaborative initiative of artists, groups of artists, curators,
art managers, gallerists and collectors. OFF-Biennale Budapest is a civil initiative, whose aim is to bring a segment of culture, contemporary art, closer to the public at large. OFF proclaims the importance of independent thinking and action, breaking away from clichés and habitual
routines. It is meant to demonstrate that contemporary art can foster and catalyse this kind of activity – in other words, that contemporary art is much more than mere luxury and a source of aesthetic pleasure.

http://offbiennale.hu/en/

Pocket Revolutions

05.03.2015

2 - 26 April 2015
KF Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Curator: Simona Nastac
Artists: Matei Bejenaru, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Irina Botea, Radu Cioca, Stefan Constantinescu,
Dana Popa, Florin Dan Prodean, Serban Savu

Private Nationalism

06.02.2015

4 exhibitions / 4 discussions
10. 02. 2015 -  07. 03. 2015

Open Gallery
Baštová 5, 811 03 Bratislava
Slovakia

Curated by: Ilona Németh, Fedor Blaščák, Rokko Juhász

Organized by: Kassák Centre for Intermedia Creativity and Open Society Foundation, Slovakia

Artists: Dalibor Bača, Anca Benera -Arnold Estefan, Matej Kaminský, Szabolcs KissPál, Ciprian Muresan, Ilona Németh, Kristina Norman, Dan Perjovschi, Martin Piaček, József Szolnoki, Mark Ther, Milica Tomic, Jaroslav Varga, Artur Zmijewski, Mira Gáberová-Katarína Morháčová (Performance group), Guma Guar, Tibor Horváth, Jozef Jankovič, Szabolcs KissPál, Nemere Kerezsi, Tamara Moyzes, Rafani, Kornél Szilágyi (Igor Buharov), Erika Baglyas, Csaba Nemes, Michal Moravčík, Lucia Nimcová - Sholto Dobie, Jonathan Ravasz, Societe Realiste, Bálint Szombathy, Rita Varga, Daya Cahen, Izolyatsia – platform for cultural initiatives, Nikita Kadan, Svätopluk Mykita, Kristina Norman, Nikolay Oleynikov - Chto delat, Oleksij Radinskij, Tomáš Rafa, Joanna Rajkowska

Lectures by: Laszlo Vörös (historian, Bratislava), Peter Salner (etnograf, Bratislava), Peter Hunčík  (psychiatrist, Dunajska),  Streda
Martin Piacek (artist, Bratislava), Daniel Grúň  (art historian, Bratislava), Dalibor Bača (artist, Praha), Jiri Ptacek (art historian, Praha),
Jozef Jankovič (artist, Bratislava), Péter Krekó (political scientist, Budapest), Grigorij Mesežnikov (political scientist, Bratislava), 
Andrej Findo ( sociologist, Bratislava), Szabolcs Kisspál (artist, Budapest), Misha Kapustin (rabbi, Bratislava), Tomáš Rafa (artist),
Suzana Milevska (art historian , Vienna).

38.88%

17.01.2015

Authors: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan
Publisher: Asocatia pepluspatru, Ivan gallery
92 pages
ISBN 978-973-0-17783-1
Edition: 400 copies
2014

more info >>> here
to buy >>>  www.p-u-n-c-h.ro

Ma(r)king Time

06.12.2014

08.12.2014 - 12.12.2014
Live book production
PrintRoom, Rotterdam
Schietbaanstraat 17 3014ZV, Rotterdam, Netherlands



'I Work, Therefore I'm Not', a book by Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan (RO).
From 8 to 12 December 2014 the PrintRoom team will start the production of a new book, based on work by Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan.
'I Work, Therefore I'm Not' examines the condition of the artist who needs to support his or her practice through a day job. In their case, most of these jobs involve computer work. The drawings represent the traces left by the computer mouse, recorded through software, while working 5 days per week. A calendar will be compiled, starting from the 1st of December 2014. At PrintRoom we'll print a drawing of each working day of Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, or a blank page with only a date when they worked on their artwork instead. ‘I work therefore I’m not’ will be published in December 2015.
'I Work, Therefore I'm Not' was previously exhibited at Upominki, as part of the group show: Ways of Working, According to an Office Desk / documentation, curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk.

From Monday 8 December to Friday 12 December 2014, each day from 9 to 5, Milou van Ham and Moniek Driesse work at PrintRoom on the production of a wall-sized poster. Second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour they will be painstakingly perforating this poster by hand.
You are invited to join them during office hours. Take time to peruse the pages of PrintRoom's books and select interesting quotes.
A selection of your quotes will be integrated in every fortieth part of the poster.

Thomas Geiger and Astrid Seme of Pezinger Verlag (AT) present a selection of books by Kasper Andreasen, Katrin Herzner, Max Leiß, Thomas Geiger and Astrid Seme, who work in a daily publishing routine; a collection of productions documenting either long periods of work or individual documentations of a single working day. This collection of books was previously exhibited at Wiels Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels.
With his ongoing performance ‘I Want to Become a Millionaire’ Thomas Geiger stood for more than 350 hours in public space holding a sign with the project’s title. By selling signed sheets of paper for 1 euro each, he raised 15.000 euro so far. With this money Geiger finances new artistic projects.

http://www.printroom.org/

Mundus vadit retro

13.11.2014

14.11.2014 - 31.01.2015
KIBLA PORTAL, Maribor, Slovenia

Curator:
Aleksandra Kostič and Žiga Dobnikar

Artists: Tina Gverović (HR), Siniša Ilić (RS), Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan (RO), Tehnica Schweiz (HU), Katarina Šević (RS/HU), María Elínardóttir (IS), Chto Delat (RU), Visualizing Palestine (LB), Adela Jušić (BiH), Andreja Dugandžić (BiH), Lana Čmajčanin (BiH), Boris Pramatarov (BG), Marcel Mališ (SK), Ana Pečar (SI), Bogdan Girbovan (RO), Jure Cvitan (SI), Rena Rädle (RS/DE), Vladan Jeremić (RS/DE), Tanja Lažetić (SI), Stojan Knežević (SI), Mariusz Waras (PL), Mykola Ridnyi (UKR), Jure Zrimšek (SI), Nika Autor (SI), Maja Hodošček (SI), Marko Jakše (SI), Eszter Szabó (HU), Mitja Ficko (SI), Tadej Vindiš (SI), Matija Bobičić (SI), Gábor Fülöp (HU), Libuše Jarcovjáková (CZ), Max Sudhues (DE), Martina Grlić (HR), Magda Tothova (SK), Dino Zrnec (HR), drMáriás (HU), Bojan Đorđev (RS).

The sixth large-scale exhibition at KIBLA PORTAL Mundus vadit retro opens, remaps and re-contextualizes memory and history, upon which the present and the future are substantiated. The exhibition delves into the cultural-political conglomeration of contemporaneity, into the incessant search for identity, into the perpetuum mobile of political and cultural changes. The artworks confront the tensions that kindle across Europe, both on the collective as well as the individual level. The artists and authors exhibiting in Mundus vadit retro present more than just their commentaries and reflections, but also their micro-visions and strategies of survival in the modern-day Babylon.

http://www.kibla.org

IDEA arts+society #44

23.08.2014

From Object to Subject
cover of the magazine and 24 pages insert
2014

www.idea.ro

The Brancusi Effect

25.05.2014

11.06.2014 - 21.09.2014
Kunsthalle Wien
Karlsplatz

Curators: Vanessa Joan Müller, Nicolaus Schafhausen

Artists: Saâdane Afif, Wilfrid Almendra, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Constantin Brancusi, André Cadere, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Alessio delli Castelli, Thea Djordjadze, Paulien Föllings, Jürgen Mayer H., Sofia Hultén, Haraldur Jónsson, An Te Liu, Josephine Meckseper, Ute Müller, Anca Munteanu Rimnic, Shahryar Nashat, Olaf Nicolai, Odilon Pain, Luiz Roque, Rudi Stanzel

A publication with texts by Paola Mola and Alessio delli Castelli is being produced to accompany the exhibition (published by Sternberg Press,
in collaboration with Dan Gunn).



The Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi (1876–1957) is numbered among the 20th century’s most influential artists. With his considerations of the way that pedestal and presented work relate to each other he launched a reorientation of the relationship between object, viewer and space. This had a decisive influence on minimal art and the aesthetic of the installation as a whole. Moreover, with its modular structure and adaptability to different presentation contexts, Brancusi’s work is seen as the point where the autonomy of the artwork began to be reduced in favour of a reflection on its historical and institutional positioning.

The exhibition The Brancusi Effect takes this potential into account as well as the strongly documentary aspect implicit in Brancusi’s artistic approach, which was expressed in countless photographic images of installations taken in his studio. The exhibition presents original photographic material together with selected positions of contemporary art that reference Brancusi, and so creates an imposing spatial installation comprising various sculptures that reflect the recent currency of the sculptural within contemporary art.

www.kunsthallewien.at

Come and Go - book launch

21.05.2014

24.06.2014, 6.30 pm
Secession, Wien

Artists: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan (RO), Christoph Draeger (CH), Dusica Drazic (SRB), Judith Fegerl (AT), Heidrun Holzfeind (AT), Burçak Konukman (TR), Zoe Leonard (USA), Christian Marclay (USA), Marzena Nowak (PL), Kristin Oppenheim (USA), Roman Signer (CH), Amelie von Wulffen (D), Katarina Zdjelar (SRB), Christina Zurfluh (CH).
Curator/editor: Gabriela Gantenbein

Published by Passagen Verlag, Wien

ISBN 9783709201138
245 x 180 mm
160 pages

Art Under a Dangerous Star: The Responsability of Art

25.04.2014

May 9–May 30, 2014

Venue: tranzit. hu and the Studio Gallery, Budapest
Opening hours (both venues):
Monday to Saturday 2 pm to 6 pm

Artists:  Zbynek Baladrán, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán, etcetera, Khoór Lilla-Will Potter, KissPál Szabolcs, Avi Mograbi, Oláh Mara, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Olekszij Radinszkij, PR csoport, Société Réaliste, Jonas Staal, Szemző Zsófia, Želimir Žilnik.

Curated by Dóra Hegyi
Assistant curator: Andrea Soós


Image: Szabolcs KissPál: Amorous Geography (still), 2012. Courtesy the Artist.

The attribute "fascist" in Hungary in the recent decades has been a pejorative, yet weightless term. Both the totalitarian leadership during state socialism and the political elite that came to power after the regime change of 1989 declared their value system "antifascist," even though both kept alive and practiced exclusion in many fields. Recently, this negative attribute has been filled with historical and political content. The political elite of the 1989 regime change did not reflect on the contradictions and divisive potentials of being anti-fascist and supporting neoliberal capitalism. What parallels can be seen between these current threats on democracy and historic fascism? What are possible forms of resistance? Can we find the roots of today's crises in the ideological unsettlement of the regime change and the alliance of antifascism and capitalism?

www.tranzit.org

Ways of Working, According to an Office Desk

19.03.2014

12.04 - 03.05.2014
Upominki, Rotterdam (The exhibition is part of the Oblique International programme)
Kapelstraat 32, 3024CH, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Opening reception on Friday 11 April from 19.00.

"The international group exhibition Ways of Working, According to an Office Desk brings together works by Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Céline Berger, Dina Danish, Jakup Ferri, David Horvitz, Sally O’Reilly and Colin Perry. The exhibition revolves around the constant and ongoing demand towards professionalisation to which the visual art field and its artists remain subjected. However, instead, it seems of prominence and interest to pose the question “How to profess, rather than to professionalise?” and make a close reading of some persistent stereotypes, among the artists’ “vow–of–poverty”, media representations, the “money–job”, and so forth."

Curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 photo by Ghislain Amar / White Project


http://theofficeforcurating.com/


www.upominki.nl

Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video

15.02.2014

November 8, 2013 - February 5, 2016
The Jewish Museum, New York
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York NY 10128

Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video is a long-term presentation of new film and video works made in the sphere of the visual arts. The series offers a rotating selection of vigorous works by contemporary artists from around the world. It introduces New York audiences to the latest developments in filmmaking within the art context and underlines The Jewish Museum’s holistic and global approach to the understanding and presentation of art and culture.

Sights and Sounds takes advantage of the straightforward way film and video travel: shipped on discs or streamed online, these works provide an instant connection to new creative practices from even the most remote locations.

Twenty-five international curators have selected new film and video work from their respective regions of the world – ranging from Argentina to Vietnam, Nigeria to Romania, New Zealand to Egypt, and many places in between. Their picks are screened for one month each in the museum’s media center, which has been turned into a miniature cinema for the occasion.

The works in Sights and Sounds touch on themes significant to both Jewish culture and universal human experience: spirituality, exile, language, conflict, family, humor, history. The series creates a broad network of artistic expression and curatorial perspectives that takes stock of what is happening in film and video art at this moment in time across the globe – with a particular emphasis on work being made outside western Europe and the United States.

Sights and Sounds will culminate with a publication presenting curatorial statements, essays, discussions among curators and artists, and descriptions of the films in the series. There will also be a conference for the conclusion of the project in 2016.



www.thejewishmuseum.org

A Few Grams of Red, Yellow, Blue. New Romanian Art.

14.02.2014

10 March - 8 June
Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Artists: Apparatus 22, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Irina Botea, Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin, Cătălin Burcea, Mircea Cantor, Radu Cioca, Radu Comşa, Adrian Ghenie, Maxim Liulca, Ioana Nemeş, Alex Mirutziu, Anca Munteanu Rîmnic, Ciprian Mureşan, Vlad Nancă, Cristian Rusu, Şerban Savu, Răzvan Sădean, Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor
Accompanying exhibition: "Álmoskönyv / Somnolet Book" designed by Victor Man

Curator: Ewa Gorządek



An exhibition "A few grams of red, yellow, blue. New Romanian Art." with a comprehensive presentation of the latest works from Romanian artists of the younger generation, whom since the mid-2000s have begun to manifest their presence in the art scene, locally as well as on an international scale. This thirty-something generation grew up under communism, witnessed the breakdown and collapse of the system, coupled with experiencing the violent invasion of consumer culture in an indigenous society. Consequently, it is through this peerless perspective that the artist’s formulate their thoughts and comments on the observed changes.

These artists mainly originate from two centres, Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, although in contrast, some of them have been living outside of the country for some time. The exhibition’s leading theme is artistic reflection on contemporary Romania, its present - closely linked to recent history - as well as building its identity, both the individual and collective. These themes are evident in the works of young Romanian artists on various levels of critical discourse: relationship to the past, artistic tradition, or undertaking current social problems. The works are characterized by a strong conceptual basis, and each of the artists, in their own way, deconstructs the ideas and phenomena that interest them. Their works combine the authenticity of artistic decisions with the conscious use of selected media, such as painting, video, sculpture, performance, and installation. The Romanian contemporary art scene is not homogeneous, instead, occurring parallel to one another are the many trends and references to different traditions in it. However, this exhibition depicts a fairly clear picture of the current Romanian artistic practices.

http://csw.art.pl

œconomy, an already tumultuous landscape where phantasms cross

23.11.2013

December 6 – 29, 2013
Oberwelt, Stuttgart, Germany

Artists: Apparatus 22 (RO), Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan (RO), Radu Cioca (RO), Farid Fairuz (LB/RO), Goldin+Senneby (SE),
Carl & Pontos Olsson (NL), Tobia Sternberg (DE/SE), Wooloo (DK)

Curated by: KILOBASE BUCHAREST

www.oberwelt.ro





"œconomy, an already tumultuous landscape where phantasms cross” brings together an international group of young artists who are developing a consistent body of work critically dealing with economic knowledge.

Lending special attention to the transgressive knowledge of “ersatz” economics – in the lines of thought opened by academic economists like Jack Amariglio, David F. Ruccio, Arjo Klamer* - the selection of works offer us not only knowledge and aesthetic experience, but also the possibility, even if sometimes on minor scale, of understanding the contemporary society.
Because it is lacking the consistent argumentation and reasoning inherent in scientific research, ersatz economics (economics understood and explained outside the academia, in this case by artists) is dismissed by most researchers as being non-discursive and irrelevant.

Yet by exploring the oozing disruptive potential of this particular form of storytelling, the exhibition “œconomy, an already tumultuous landscape where phantasms cross” aims to recognize such contributions as a base for refreshing examinations of economic processes; through subversive interpretation the works generate displacement, imagine new narratives and establish counter-models.

Like a Bird: Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art

22.11.2013

12 dec. - 26 jan.
Trafo Gallery, Budapest

Artists: Greta Alfaro (ES), Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan (RO), Tamás Kaszás / Anikó Loránt (Ex Artists Collective) (HU), Szabolcs Kisspál (HU), London Fieldworks (UK), James Prosek (USA) and Andrea Roe (UK)

Curated by: Maja and Reuben Fowkes (translocal.org)



Like a Bird is a group exhibition with a sole focus on avian encounters in contemporary art, a theme that provides a platform to investigate intricate questions around the changing human relationship to the natural world, the channelling of environmental awareness and the political dimensions of ecology. It examines the dynamic counterpoints between the anthropocentric tendency to perceive birds as metaphors and the rival post-humanist affinity for intra-species dialogue.

While avian encounters in the public sphere are still layered with stratum of ideology, mythology and national identity, this exhibition asks whether there is today an additional dimension to the avian imaginary, namely that of endangeredness and a shared ecological predicament. Like a Bird features artists whose work engages with the ecological adaptability of birds from urban habitats to nest building, explores taxonomy and scientific approaches, as well as addressing ornithophobia in popular culture and uncovering the avian presence in the political imaginary.

www.translocal.org
www.trafo.hu

Frieze London 2013

02.11.2013

16 - 20 October 2013
Focus section, works by: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Geta Brătescu
Ivan Gallery, Bucharest




WE WERE SO FEW, AND SO MANY OF US ARE LEFT

10.10.2013

11 oct. - 8 nov., 2011
solo exhibition and seminar at tranzit.hu/Budapest
Venue: Mayakovsky 102, the open office of tranzit. hu,
1068 Budapest Király utca 102, 1st floor

We were so few and so many of us are left / Olyan kevesen voltunk és olyan sokan maradtunk
Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan
curator: Raluca Voinea, Dora Hegyi



Seminar: October 11, 2013, 2 pm to 6 pm

At the seminar of the Free School for Art Theory and Practice connected to the exhibition of Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán, we address the Romanian and Hungarian political situation from a civic-activist perspective. Social researcher Ágnes Gagyi from Budapest, curator Raluca Voinea from Bucharest will introduce at the seminar the contexts of the ongoing new movements.

Exhibition opening: October 11, 2013, 7 pm

Bucharest-based artists Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán have been present individually on the art scene in Romania and internationally for at least a decade. They have been working together since 2010 on art projects dealing with the relations of globalization processes and the nation state, as well as with their various understandings and mechanisms. We Were So Few And So Many Of Us Are Left is their first exhibition in Budapest, which was presented earlier this year at the tranzit.ro space in Bucharest.

tranzit.hu

Art Forum_september, text by Daria Ghiu

08.10.2013

September 4–October 15
Compensation for the lack of resources
Anca Benera &Arnold Estefan
Ivan Gallery, Bucharest

Fictio legis neminem laedit—“a fiction of law injures no one”—could be a motto for Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan’s latest exhibition, which brings a new dimension to the duo’s previous investigations of international politics. Yet the mechanisms of their explorations remain the same. By insinuating themselves into bureaucratic and global apparatuses, and dealing with formal rules and rhetorics, the artists’ work has often revealed absurdities and instabilities in these discourses. In this show, viewers witness the duo’s precise examinations at a micro level, as the artists have changed the scale of their work: From issues of state and interstate politics, Benera and Estefan now turn to the politics of daily life.

In the recorded performance Jus Soli, 2013, which takes its name from a principle that the citizenship of a child is determined by the place of birth, Benera and Estefan meticulously unthread the national flags not only of their home country, Romania, but of their respective ethnic heritages—Italian and Ukrainian for Benera, and Hungarian and Spanish for Estefan—and transform each into a ball of thread. Benera’s sphere is on view. A flag, the national symbol, is reduced here to the transitory state of a raw material, a fresh readymade to work with.

Benera and Estefan, a couple for the past twelve years, question artistic influence in Fictio Legis, 2012: With the help of a lawyer, they created a “contract of reciprocal agreement” in which they acknowledge their work as coauthored intellectual property. A line in the contract reads: OUR TWELVE-YEAR RELATIONSHIP REPRESENTS EXACTLY 35.29 PERCENT OF OUR LIFE UP TO THIS POINT. IN 2022, AT AGE FORTY-FOUR, THE PERCENTAGE WILL INCREASE TO 50 PERCENT, WHEN WE WILL BOTH HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS OVER EACH OTHER’S WORK. Displayed on the wall, the contract and its articles can be read by visitors. An image of the two artists signing it resembles a wedding portrait. Overall, Benera and Estefan’s works de-sediment reality and touch its friable points with thoughtful conceptual gestures. While visiting their show, one reflects upon an artistic practice that is sharp and ludic, but also responsible and exact, like a visual tool for creating deconstructions.

www.artforum.com

13th Istanbul Biennial

11.09.2013

14 September–20 October 2013



Anne, ben barbar mıyım? (Mom, am I barbarian?)
Curator: Fulya Erdemci

Artists: Ádám Kokesch, Agnieszka Polska, Akademia Ruchu, Alice Creischer&Andreas Siekmann, Amal Kenawy, Amar Kanwar,
Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Angelica Mesiti, Annika Eriksson, Ayşe Erkmen, Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Basim Magdy, Bertille Bak, Carla Filipe, Carlos Eduardo Felix da Costa (Cadu), Christoph Schäfer, Cinthia Marcelle, Cinthia Marcelle & Tiago Mata Machado, Claire Pentecost, David Moreno, Didem Erk, Diego Bianchi, Edi Hirose, Elmgreen & Dragset, Falke Pisano, Fernanda Gomes, Fernando Ortega, Fernando Piola, Freee (Dave Beech, Andy Hewitt, Mel Jordan), Goldin+Senneby, Gonzalo Lebrija, Gordon Matta-Clark, Guillaume Bijl, Halil Altındere, Hanna Farah, Kufr Birim, Héctor Zamora, Hito Steyerl, HONF Foundation, İnci Eviner, İpek Duben, Jananne Al-Ani, Jean Genet, Jean Rouch, Jimmie Durham, Jiří Kovanda, Jorge Galindo & Santiago Sierra, Jorge Méndez Blake, José Antonio Vega Macotela, Lale Müldür & Kaan Karacehennem & Franz von Bodelschwingh, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Lutz Bacher, Lux Lindner, Mahir Yavuz & Orkan Telhan, Maider López, Martin Cordiano &, Tomás Espina, Maxime Hourani, Mere Phantoms (Maya Ersan & Jaimie Robson), Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Mika Rottenberg, Mülksüzleştirme Ağları, Murat Akagündüz, Nathan Coley, Newspaper Reading Club (Fiona Connor & Michala Paludan), Nicholas Mangan, Nil Yalter & Judy Blum, Peter Robinson, Praneet Soi, Provo, Proyecto Secundario Liliana Maresca, Rietveld Landscape, Rob Johannesma, Rossella Biscotti, Santiago Sierra, Şener Özmen, Serkan Taycan, Shahzia Sikander, Stephen Willats, Sulukule Platform, Tadashi Kawamata, Thomas Hirschhorn, Toril Johannessen, Vermeir & Heiremans, Volkan Aslan, Wang Qingsong, Wouter Osterholt & Elke Uitentuis, Yto Barrada, Zbigniew Libera

The 13th Istanbul Biennial, will take place at Antrepo no.3, Galata Greek Primary School, ARTER, SALT Beyoğlu and 5533.

http://13b.iksv.org/en


Measures of Saving the World at < rotor >, Graz

03.05.2013

8.6 - 20.7. & 19.8. - 7.9.2013, 2013
Opening speech by David Horvath and Alexander Pfeffer, Südwind

Participating artists:
Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Swaantje Güntzel, Markus Jeschaunig,
Folke Köbberling & Martin Kaltwasser, Ivan Moudov

Curated by:
Margarethe Makovec & Anton Lederer

The presently dominating model of human "management" of planet Earth has reached the end of the line. It is becoming more and more apparent that we have reached a dead end and many of us are deeply thinking about viable alternatives. We'll have to save the world by ourselves, each and every one of us. To critically examine your own position is the starting point for this, to analyze how your own work affects the world around you.
Apart from creating utopias - or nowtopias - art can first and foremost communicate responsibility and permanent protest against the status quo. As from March < rotor > will present artistic positions from this thematic field in 2013.

www.rotor.mur.at




We were so few, and so many of us are left

28.03.2013

5 April – 5 June 2013
solo exhibition at tranzit.ro/Bucharest
Str. Gazelei nr. 44, sector 4

We were so few and so many of us are left / Am fost atat de putini si atat de multi am ramas
Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan
curator: Raluca Voinea

opening: Friday, 5 April 2013, 7 PM
www.tranzit.org.ro

"Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán analyse the nation-state where this touches the verge of the fictional; they use the rigid and apparently immutable frames which the nation-state created in order to legitimize itself (laws, language, history) and take them literally, thus underlining their limits, given by their formal and contextual character. The two artists research documents, treaties, official statements, media reflections, years and facts, statistics, agreements, renegotiations, deciphering within the propaganda, reminding of forgotten promises, bringing face to face, to mirror each other, the contradicting versions, pushing to the extreme their logical consequences." Raluca Voinea



Centre for Visual Introspection at KUNSTVAAI, Amsterdam

17.11.2012



‘Kunstvlaai
: Festival of Independents’ is a multi-disciplinary arts festival, which – ever since its inception in 1997 – has been the largest non-commercial exhibition of Visual Arts in the Netherlands. The upcoming edition is marked by a new festival venue and includes the participation of international arts initiatives from all over the world. Across 10 days, over 70 independent art institutions, art schools and artist-led initiatives will gather to present exhibitions, film screenings, live arts, archival presentations, lectures and workshops.

DIAGRAMS IN SPACE is a multi-layered showcasing of commissioned works, process-based projects and exhibitions created by participating institutions that present the work of over 350 artists, art students, independent publishers and theorists based in the Netherlands and abroad.

Participants based in the Netherlands:
1646; ADA (Area for Debate & Art); Amsterdam Dinner Movement; Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier; Apiece For Artists; Attraction of the Opposites; Baracca; Berm Collective / Stichting Berm; Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory; De Fabriek; De Service Garage; DEFKA; de Appel Curatorial Programme; Dutch Art Institute / MFA ArtEZ in association with If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution; Casco; Van Abbemuseum & guests; Extrapool; Fam. Ruim; Foam Lab; Frank Mohr Institute; Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Architectural Design Department); Goleb, HorizonVerticaal; HMK (HotelMariaKapel); Kees Koomen; Kunsthuis SYB; Kunsttraject; KUS; Location Z; Lost Painters; Lost Property; MaHKU (Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design); KABK (Master Artistic Research, Master ArtScience); Sandberg Instituut (all departments); Piet Zwart Institute (Master of Fine Arts); St. Joost / AKV (Master of Fine Arts); Metropolis M; MILK; MOIRA; Nest; Nieuwe Vide; NP3; Onomatopee; P.art of Your Life; P/////AKT; Pietmondriaan.com; Plan B; Planet Art; Polly's Picture Show; PrintRoom; Public Space with a Roof; RC de Ruimte; Rhizomatic; Roodkapje & WORM; Salon Sur+; San Serriffe; Sign; TAAK; Teto Projects & W139; Urban Living Room; The One Minutes; Trendbeheer; Upominki; Werkplaats Typografie; Whatspace; Wild-C; MU with KOP-Breda; Kunstpodium T; CBK 's- Hertogenbosch and Landkunst (BKKC); WORM.FilmWerkplaats; and Zet Foundation.

International Participants:
98Weeks (Beirut), After the Butcher (Berlin), AIT (Tokyo), Amit Charan & Laura Preston (Wellington), Arbour Lake Sghool (Calgary), Atopia (Oslo), Arrow Factory (Beijing), Britto Arts Trust (Dhaka), CEIA (Belo Horizonte), Centre for Visual Introspection (Bucharest), CHIOŞC / KIOSK (Chisinau), First Floor Gallery (Harare), Green Papaya Art Projects (Quezon City), Indonesian Visual Art Archive – IVAA (Yogyakarta), JAAGA (Bengaluru), Instituto Buena Bista (Curacao), Komplot (Brussels), Más Arte Más Acción (Bogota), Mumbai Art Room (Mumbai), (Or Nothing), Partizaning (Moscow), Platform Open Place (Kiev), Red Shoes (Paris), Society (Sydney), The Institute of Wishful Thinking (New York), and The Reading Room (Bangkok), among others.

Curators: Natasha Ginwala (IND) and Fleur van Muiswinkel (NL).

www.kunstvlaai.nl



HARD EDIT - SELF-PUBLISHING IN TIMES OF FREEDOM AND REPRESSION

14.09.2012

publication
24 pages, 1000 edition

The publication takes its premises from the complex history of independent publications in Romania which is still insufficiently acknowledged and researched. Under Ceausescu dictatorship, the ideologically imposed state regulation over the cultural and artistic realm was extremely harsh, the production of independent publications increasing only in the early ‘90s. In times of “freedom”, ideological censorship has been replaced by new constraints. Publishing as a means of self-expression and samizdat as a form of it, born in specific oppressive conditions, might shed a new light on the meaning of self-publishing, its forms and challenges today. What are the new forms of censorship today? What are the limits and means of self-expression / self-censorship and freedom of speech? What is the role of printed matter in the age of internet and social networks?

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curated by_vienna 2012

21.08.2012

September 20–Ocotber 25, 2012
Knoll Galerie, Vienna

Days of Labour, Nights of Leisure
Curator: Simina Neagu
Artists: Anca Benera&Arnold Estefan (RO), Olga Chernyseva (RU), Berry Patten (UK), Antje Peters (DE)

www.curatedby.at

Lecture-performance @ documenta 13

21.07.2012

Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan
Friday 24 August 2012, 12:00 PM
Kassel, Hauptbahnhof, Railway Lecture Hall

Invited within the project Winning Hearts and Minds, by Critical Art Enesemble.

Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) is a collective of tactical media practitioners of various specializations, including computer graphics,
wetware, video, photography, text art, book art, and performance. Formed in 1987 in Tallahassee, Florida, CAE focuses on the
exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. CAE has authored six books on cultural
production and political economy.



Intense Proximity, La Triennale

02.04.2012

20 April - 26 August
Le Palais de Tokyo, Paris

http://www.latriennale.org/en/artists/anca-benera-arnold-estefan

Artistic Director: Okwui Enwezor
Associate Curators: Mélanie Bouteloup, Adbellah Karoum, Émilie Renard, Claire Staebler

In the spring of 2012, the 3rd edition of the contemporary art triennial exhibition will move from the nave of the Grand Palais into the open galleries of the Palais de Tokyo and other neighbouring institutions along la Colline de Musées. Through the concept of “Intense Proximity”, La Triennale will investigate what it means to be active as an artist working today, in the context of a globalized and diverse French art scene.
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