Doppelgänger of the recent past


Saturday 12/11/2011 from 17:00 to 19:00
Sunday 13/11/2011 → Friday 18/11/2011 from 10:00 to 18:00

The exhibition brings together video documentations of performances by artists Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, on the one hand, and Alexandra Pirici together with a group of performers, on the other. Both works have been produced in 2011 and stage moments of encounter between the artists and Romania’s history. In Pacta sunt servanda, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan read simultaneously, in Romanian and Hungarian, one in front of each other, from their respective history schoolbooks, passages treating the same moments, but offering contradictory perspectives. Dacă voi nu ne vreţi, noi vă vrem [If you don’t want us, we want you], the work of Alexandra Pirici represents different enactments of living sculptures, confronting public heroic monuments and buildings in Bucharest, such as the controversially rebuilt equestrian statue of Carol I, the monument of the 1989 Revolution or the House of the People.

The artists embody the awkward reflexion of a past that is all too questionable despite its apparent immutability, with well-rooted and imposing effects on the present. In the uneven relationship between their voices or bodies and the written word, the stone or the bronze, they manage to cast doubt upon their objects of reference, to reveal them as the real ghosts.

curator: Raluca Voinea

Pacta sunt servanda
artists: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan

Dacă voi nu ne vreți, noi vă vrem
artist: Alexandra Pirici
documenting: Veioza Arte
video documenting: Public Space Intervention

About the artists

Anca Benera is visual artist, co-founder of the Centre for Visual Introspection Bucharest. Her practice is research-based, focusing on the public realm, which is both a resource and a medium through which she presents and informs her projects.

Arnold Estefan is a visual artist and graphic designer; he lives and works in Bucharest. He is a co-founding member of the Centre for Visual Introspection, Bucharest, an independent platform for research and artistic and theoretical production.

Alexandra Pirici is an artist who works undisciplined, across different mediums, from choreography to visual arts and music (under the name Adda Kaleh). Recent works include An Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale – together with Manuel Pelmuș, exhibited in the Romanian Pavilion at the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale, and her works have been presented in contexts such as the Van Abbemuseum, Centre Pompidou, Manifesta10, or Hebbel am Uffer, among others. For Temps d’Images, Alexandra Pirici will present Delicate Instruments Handled with Care, an ongoing action co-produced by imagetanz/brut Vienna and the National Dance Center Bucharest.