Digbeth First Friday Ground Control exhibition opening

A Solo exhibition by Bucharest artist-duo Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, with the series of installations made between 2012 to present, including a new commission created especially for Centrala.

‘’This art causes us to raise an eyebrow not only over the way the world is controlled but also over our ignorance on how our perception is determined’’. Ground Control exhibition refers to cartography which has been used for ages to describe, possess, and, above all, to control territories. The artists encourage us to recognise maps as constructions shaped by (neo)colonialism, militarism and the nation-state. They examine the nature of a landscape and its representation beginning from its geological structure and ending with its image provided by satellites.

Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan expose strategies of power in social, economic, and political contexts. Their research-based art practice is a new form of realism which may be very effective in the post-truth era we live in. Using different kinds of artistic media, new technologies and science they implement new aesthetic in which an artwork is the visual evidence of crimes committed by institutions of power on an individual. Benera and Estefan debunk the imposed order and open a space to discuss a change in the future.


2 February 2018, 5.00 PM – Artist’s Talk in conversation with Dominik Kury?ek, https://goo.gl/mikTfJ

2 February 2018, 6.00 PM – Exhibition Launch

2 February 2018, 8.00 PM – Digbeth First Friday

17 February 2018, 1.00 PM – Linear Synthesis Movement drawing workshop with artists Constantine Malmare & Keity Pook, https://goo.gl/byJg56


Artwork: The World is Bound with Secret Knots. 2016. Photo ©Joshua White

Curated by Dominik Kury?ek. Additional support is provided by Karina Cabanikova, Programme Assistant, Centrala.



Dominik Kury?ek: www.goo.gl/my7ZLn