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Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil presents 22nd edition Memory is an editing station

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Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil presents 22nd edition Memory is an editing station

Denilson Baniwa, Matapi, 2023. Sculpture, metal, 35.5 × 11 cm. Photo: Ricardo Amado. Courtesy of Videobrasil.

Fonte: https://bienalsescvideobrasil.org.br/


The 22nd edition brings together artists from the Global South and features a retrospective of the Videobrasil’s trajectory.

“Memory is an editing station” is the theme guiding the 22nd edition of the Biennial, which will open on October 18 at Sesc 24 de Maio, with works by 60 artists and collectives from 38 countries of the Global South.

Artistically directed by Solange Oliveira Farkas, founder of Videobrasil, and curated by Brazilian Raphael Fonseca and Kenyan Renée Akitelek Mboya, the 22nd Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil: Memory is an editing station occupies Sesc 24 de Maio, in the city of São Paulo, until February 25, 2024, raising contemporary themes in a post-pandemic world and reflecting on the history of Videobrasil itself—an event created in 1983 that is celebrating four decades of existence.

The main exhibition, curated by Fonseca, features more than 100 works including textiles, paintings, photography and a prominent presence of large-scale installed videos. The event will also feature the concurrent exhibition 40-Year Special | The Collection in Performance, curated by Alessandra Bergamaschi and Eduardo de Jesus—a space at Sesc 24 de Maio that will be dedicated to Videobrasil’s trajectory that proposes different immersion modes into Videobrasil Collection.

“In the spirit of Waly Salomão’s verse that gives this edition its title, we are re-editing our memories in the light of a new present. Looking at Videobrasil’s past reveals, paradoxically, a constant movement of listening to the future,” says Solange Farkas.

The 22nd Sesc_Videobrasil Biennial will promote a series of public programs, organized by Renée Mboya, to stimulate experiences, exchange ideas and generate content, with all activities free and open to the public. The program includes round tables, performances and invitations for experiences at the biennial.

Artists and collectives participating in the main exhibition

Abdessamad El Montassir, Morocco; Abdul Halik Azeez, Sri Lanka; Abu Bakarr Mansaray, Sierra Leone; Adrian Paci, Albania; Agnes Waruguru, Kenya; Ailton Krenak, Brasil; Ali Cherri, Lebanon; Alicja Rogalska, Poland; Andrés Denegri, Argentina; Andro Eradze, Georgia; Anna Hulačová, Czechia; Antonio Pichilla Quiacain, Guatemala; Arturo Kameya, Peru; Bo Wang, China; Brook Andrew, Australia; Camila Freitas, Brazil; Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise  (CATPC), Democratic Republic of the Congo; Doplgenger, Serbia; Eduardo Montelli, Brazil; Euridice Zaituna Kala, Mozambique; FAFSWAG, New Zeland; Froiid, Brazil; Gabriela Pinilla, Colombia; Guadalupe Rosales, USA; Hsu Che-Yu, Taiwan; Isaac Chong Wai, China; Iwantja Arts, Australia; Janaina Wagner, Brazil; Josué Mejía, Mexico; Julia Baumfeld, Brazil; Karel Koplimets, Maido Juss, Estonia; Kent Chan, Singapore; La Chola Poblete, Argentina; Leila Danziger, Brazil; Luciano Figueiredo, Óscar Ramos, Waly Salomão, Brazil; Maisha Maene, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Maksaens Denis, Haiti; Marie-Rose Osta, Lebanon; Maurício Chades, Brazil; Mayana Redin, Brazil; Mella Jaarsma, Netherlands; Moojin Brothers, South Korea; Natalia Lassalle-Morillo, Puerto Rico; Nolan Oswald Dennis, Zambia; Pamela Cevallos, Ecuador; PENG Zuqiang, China; Rodrigo Martins, Brazil; Sada [regroup], Iraq; Samuel Fosso, Cameroon; Seba Calfuqueo, Chile; Sofia Borges, Portugal; TANG Han, China; Thi My Lien Nguyen, Switzerland; Tirzo Martha, Curaçao; Tromarama, Indonesia; ujjwal kanishka utkarsh, India; Virgílio Neto, Brazil; Vitória Cribb, Brazil; Youqine Lefèvre, China; Zé Carlos Garcia, Brazil


Those selected will take part in the main exhibition at Sesc 24 de Maio (São Paulo, Brazil) and compete for the following prizes, to be awarded by the 22nd Biennial: The Sesc Art Prizes; The Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Residency Prize (Columbos, Ohio, United States); Centro Cultural do Cariri Residency Prize (Crato, Ceará, Brazil); Instituto Sacatar Residency Prize (Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil); The O.F.F Prize. The jury is composed by Adrienne Edwards (US), Gabriela Golder (Argentina), Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons (Cuba), Patrick Flores (Filipinas) and Vivian Ostrovsky (US). The trophy, exclusively designed for the edition, was created by the Indigenous Brazilian artist Denilson Baniwa.

About the organizers

Associação Cultural Videobrasil. Founded by Solange Farkas in 1991, Associação Cultural Videobrasil is the result of the desire to institutionally host the growing collection of works and publications gathered since the first Festival Videobrasil, held in 1983. Since then, the association has been working systematically to activate its collection, which brings together pieces from the Global South, classics of video art and in-house works and a vast collection of publications on art. In addition to the Sesc_Videobrasil Biennial, the Association also carries out important activities of research, diffusion and mapping concerning its collection: national and international exhibitions; touring shows; publications; TV programs; documentaries; seminars; workshops and meetings with artists and researchers; and artistic residency programs, in connection with a worldwide collaborative network.

Sesc—Social Service of Commerce

Sesc—Social Service of Commerce is a private, non-profit institution created in 1946 by entrepreneurs in the fields of commerce and services throughout Brazil. In the state of São Paulo, Sesc has over 40 centers focused in the areas of culture, education, sports, leisure and health. Sesc São Paulo receives roughly 20 million visits annually. The work of Sesc São Paulo is guided by its educational role and by the pursuit of social well-being based on a broad notion of culture. In this sense, the unlimited access to the spaces and contents offered by the institution targets at the democratization of cultural assets as a form of autonomy of the individual. In the field of visual arts, the institution’s main role is to foster and disseminate the contemporary artistic production and the study of the production of previous historical periods, as well as the intersections with other artistic languages, having as its central guideline the organization of exhibitions for all audiences.areas of activity in fields of Culture, Education, Sports, Leisure and Health. Sesc São Paulo activities are guided by their educational nature and the pursuit of social welfare based on a comprehensive understanding of the term culture. In this sense, by offering full accessibility to its spaces and contents, the institution aims at the democratization of cultural assets as form of individual autonomy.

If you have any questions, email us: 22bienal@videobrasil.org.br


October 18, 2023–February 25, 2024

Sesc 24 de Maio
Rua 24 de Maio
São Paulo - Brazil

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