Bucharest: We Were So Few And So Many Of Us Are Left

am-fost-atat-de-multi[LOW]_Credit foto_Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan Bucharest announces the launch of the exhibition “We were so few and so many of us are left”, where 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.

The exhibition “We were so few and so many of us are left” presents seven projects, of which three existing ones were extended or adapted and four new ones were produced on the occasion of the exhibition. The work which gives the title of the exhibition is realised as a monumental and at the same time ephemeral installation, forming a frame for all the other works.

With a combination of almost scientific detachment, aesthetic precision and irony, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán bring to the spotlight the never exhausted subjects of the day, offering them as departure points for broader debates, to which every one of us can take part.

Anca Benera & Arnold Estefán
5 April – 5 June 2013

Opening: Friday, 5 April 2013, 7 pm
From 7:30 pm – performance: „Pacta sunt servanda“ Bucureşti, Str. Gazelei nr. 44, sector 4
Opening hours: from Wednesday to Friday, from 3 to 7 pm.

Exhibition assistance: Julia Schulze
Graphic design: Palier Design, Arnold Estefán
Curator: Raluca Voinea
Special thanks to: Ekaterina Degot, Viktor Bondarenko, Vlad Morariu, Igor Mocanu, Marius Rădoi, Vlad Basalici, Anna Florea, Simion Constantin, Vasile Ernu.

Photo credits: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán