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Contemporary artistic production from the geopolitical south and the work of the Danish / Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson are the focal points of the 17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil, that opened on 30 September 2011 in three separate cultural venues across São Paulo.
Akram Zaatari, Gregg Smith, Marcello Mercado, Sebastián Díaz Morales, Shaun Gladwell, Galina Myznikova & Sergey Provorov, Cinthia Marcelle, Eder Santos, Marcellvs L. and Tatiana Blass are among the artists selected for the Southern Panoramas show, which maps the recent artistic production in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania.
Your body of work, Olafur Eliassonʼs first individual show in Latin America, features eleven installations that speak to the city and the architecture of the festivalʼs three venues: SESC Belenzinho, SESC Pompeia and Pinacoteca do Estado. The show is curated by Jochen Volz of Instituto Inhotim.
The 17th edition marks the transformation of Videobrasil, originally dedicated to video production, into the only contemporary art festival of its kind in Brazil. "Videobrasil is not opening up to all forms of artistic manifestation on a whim; the move results from a process that has accompanied a change in the role of the audiovisual languages in contemporary production", explains the general curator Solange Farkas.
The choice of Eliasson as guest artist underscores this change. "The particularity of Eliasson is that he works with issues derived from science, from cinema, from technology in a manner that rejects any limitation in terms of language and that imposes itself as sensory experience."
With 130 guests, including artists, curators and researchers, and exhibitions that will remain open through to January 2012, the Festival offers an intense educational program designed to discuss different aspects of southern circuit production and deepen the debate on artistic residencies and the role they play in diluting frontiers on the current scene.
Interview with Solange Farkas
SESC_Videobrasil's founder and general curator in conversation with Gerhard Haupt & Pat Binder
Your body of work / Olafur Eliasson
Eleven installations at three venues in São Paulo