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20 Sesc_Videobrasil, 2017

20 Festival de Arte Contemporáneo Sesc_Videobrasil

3 octubre 2017 - 14 enero 2018
Semana de inauguración: 3 - 8 oct. 2017

San Pablo, Brasil

Curadora en jefe: Solange Farkas

Curadores invitados:
Ana Pato, Beatriz Lemos, Diego Matos, João Laia

50 artistas del Sur Global seleccionados a partir de una convocatoria abierta.

Lista de participantes

A partir del 3 de octubre, la ciudad de San Pablo será nuevamente sede de debates sobre la producción cultural del Sur Global, como parte del Festival de Arte Contemporáneo Sesc_Videobrasil, en una edición que refleja tanto en forma integral como poética las incontables crisis que han desafiado últimamente a la sociedad contemporánea. Además de exhibir las obras seleccionadas a partir de la convocatoria pública, el festival también presentará performances y programas públicos en varios de los espacios de Sesc Pompeia hasta enero de 2018.

Para el director regional de Sesc São Paulo, Danilo Santos de Miranda, "La vigésima edición del Festival de Arte Contemporáneo Sesc_Videobrasil, con propuestas de artistas de diferentes naciones del Sur geopolítico, se halla en la intersección entre lo específico y lo general. En base a esta premisa, Sesc presenta una iniciativa cultural como una experiencia enfocada en deshacerse de las cadenas heredadas de un pasado colonial, e impuestas por una condición geopolítica periférica". Miranda destaca la importancia de la cooperación entre Sesc y la Associação Cultural Videobrasil, que desde 1990 "ha hecho posible que estas intersecciones entre fuerzas locales e internacionales establezcan nuevos centros originados en el Sur".

"En estos tiempos inestables, mientras las controversias narrativas se agravan y las reestructuraciones locales y globales se hallan implacablemente forzadas por espectros de crisis permanente – sean económicos ecológicos o culturales – el grupo de artistas seleccionados destacan el deseo de las artes de expandir nuestra perspectiva sobre el mundo, abarcando el estudio de la vida, de nuestros orígenes, de la evolución del universo y de la dinámica de grupos sociales a través de la historia, así como de explorar nuevas formas de hacer política", afirma Solange Farkas, curadora en jefe del Festival y directora de la Associação Cultural Videobrasil, una de las entidades organizadoras del evento junto con Sesc São Paulo. Y añade: “Estas prácticas artísticas desdibujan los límites de las ciencias y nos invitan a un viaje a los orígenes de la historia, de las sociedades y de la tierra misma".

Elizabeth Vásquez Arbulú
Still from: Historia del Cosmos, 2013

Also focused on the geopolitical representation of art, the 20th Festival has selected works by 50 artists from 25 countries, 15 of whom are Brazilian. They include representatives from Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Solange Farkas is chief curator of this edition, assisted by four guest curators: Ana Pato, Beatriz Lemos and Diego Matos, from Brazil, and João Laia, from Portugal. Together, the curators analyzed approximately 3,200 works submitted by two thousand artists from 109 countries.

The Festival’s exhibition features videos, paintings, installations, sculptures, photographs, engravings and even artificial plants forming a small acclimatization garden. These diverse works reveal a multiplicity of worldviews, stemming from a society which, seeming to sense its own demise, resorts to its origins to avoid such a fate.

“The artist’s spectrum of observation of his or her surroundings varies widely in scale: from microorganisms to the realm of the cosmos, from actions in the field of micropolitics to mass mobilizations. Voices symbolically hailing from other starting points, previously relegated to the fringes, now seek to qualify a new order, distinct from the modern empire, from the great historical narratives that have bequeathed a traumatic legacy, and from the scientism of other times that have made us believe in the omnipotence of man and his technology,” point out the curators.

The artworks have been organized according to six main themes: Cosmovisions (Origins; Rites and Cosmogonies; Sciences and Cosmologies); Ecologies (Nature, Earth and Fungi; Catastrophes, Crises and New Consciousnesses); Reinvention of Culture (Techniques, Appropriations and Representations); Politics of Resistance (Urbanity, Bodies and Affections); Invisible Histories (Memory and Microhistory); and Other Modernisms (Other Spaces, Other Landscapes).

In 2017, Sesc Pompeia will host all activities related to the Festival. Previously concentrated in the venue’s Interaction Area, the exhibition will now occupy not only that space, but also the Theater Hall, the internal streets that cross the cultural facility and the Workshops. A planned Auditorium will also display the Videos Programs, exhibits featuring works that require movie theater screening.

The exhibition design for the 20th Festival was created by architect André Vainer, while the art and graphic design were conceived by Vitor César, an architect and artist with research work on notions of public space in artistic practices.

Besides the actual exhibition and the video programs, the 20th Festival’s programming includes Performances, Public Program activities (such as meetings and chats with the exhibiting artists) and Workshops, in addition to educational activities for groups and families coordinated by art educator Vera Barros. Guided tours with curators and guests are also on the agenda.

Featuring a graphic design that recreates traditional elements of encyclopedias, drawing not only texts, but also images, illustrations, maps and charts, the catalog of the 20th Festival expands the audience’s contact with the context and concepts interwoven by the selected works, inviting spectators to critically rethink the disciplines and categories that have regulated our ways of experiencing and understanding the world.

Combining art, culture, astronomy, biology, history and geography to further evidence the blurring of boundaries between art and science, the encyclopedic catalog lists, in alphabetical order, the artists and their works, interspersed with other kinds of entries, designated as “keywords,” “countries” and “regions” of origin and residence of the artists – entries that conceptualize the geopolitical South and its production.

In this 20th edition, the Festival will offer participating artists from Brazil and abroad three Acquisition Awards worth R$ 25 thousand each, for video works that will be included in the Sesc Art Collection.

The Ostrovsky Family Fund (O.F.F.), recognized for its support of progressive and independent artistic initiatives, will offer one of the selected artists an award worth R$ 25 thousand for the most innovative moving image artwork. The prize will be granted by the Festival Award Jury itself.

Five artist residency awards will also be granted, each one offered by a specific international jury from the Festival’s partner institutions. These are: Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art, Poland; Kyoto Art Center, Japan; Goethe-Institut Residência Vila Sul, Salvador, Bahia; Wexner Center for the Arts, United States; and Pro Helvetia, Switzerland. The winning artists will be announced on October 8 in a ceremony at the Sesc Pompeia Theater.

This year, the artist Flávia Ribeiro was invited to create the trophy for the award-winning artists of the 20th Contemporary Art Festival. In her view, the piece she has conceived synthesizes the Festival’s ubiquitous cultural diversity. In this edition, the trophy takes on the form of small bird made of gold plated brass and velvet. “Birds migrate, often flying between countries over long distances. I relate that to the fact that the Festival welcomes works and artists from various parts of the world, moving back and forth between such diverse cultures,” says Flavia.

An artist whose work includes research in the fields of sculpture, engraving and artists’ books, Flávia draws mainly on drawing as her creative inspiration. She views this specific technical language as a means to elaborate issues within her work process.

With the creation of the trophy for the Festival’s 20th edition, she joins the select group of artists who have conceived this piece in previous editions, such as Efrain Almeida, Tunga, Rosângela Rennó, Luiz Zerbini and Erika Verzutti, among others.



Ana Elisa Egreja
Poça II / Sala de jantar, 2016

(De informaciones de prensa
Imagen arriba: Emo de Medeiros, Still de Kaleta/Kaleta, 2013-2017)


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