As part of the fourteenth edition of Artists’ Film International, each week from October 24, the GAMeC website will host a selection of films proposed by other participating institutions, including: Whitechapel Gallery, London; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; The Bag Factory, Johannesburg; Project 88, Mumbai; CAC, Vilnius.

This week features the film No Shelter From the Storm (2015) by Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, selected by Video-Forum, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.).

Two young people climb a mountainous terrain of destroyed forests, whistling the tune of Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, an anti-war protest song from the 1960s. The video work No Shelter From The Storm was shot in one of the last primeval forests in Europe, the Carpathian Mountains, at the borderlands between Romania and Ukraine. This region is not only important for ecological reasons, but also politically, historically, and militarily significant. Whistled against the backdrop of devastating mountainsides, the international anti-war melody becomes an appeal against military conflict, global exploitation, and environmental
destruction. The video work addresses how the Carpathian Mountains has been exploited and ravaged by corrupt multinational corporations, revealing the traces of human activity in the forests.

Anca Benera / Arnold Estefan
No Shelter From the Storm, 2015
HD Video, 5’42”
Selected by Video-Forum, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)

Anca Benera (Constanta, Romania, 1977) and Arnold Estefan (Targu-Secuiesc, Romania, 1978), are based in Vienna and Bucharest. Their work comprises installations, videos, and performances. The artist duo is interested in the structures hidden behind historical, social, and geopolitical narratives and the military and political impact on the environment.
Their works have been shown in exhibitions and biennials including Potential Worlds, Migros Museum, Zurich (2021); Natural Histories. Traces of the Political, mumok Vienna (2017); Sounds and Sites, The Jewish Museum, New York (2016); Global Control and Censorship, ZKM, Karlsruhe (2016); Der Brancusi Effekt, Kunsthalle Wien (2015); Mum, am I barbarian? 13th Istanbul Biennial, (2013); and Intense Proximity, La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris/France (2012).