Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_VideoBrasil - SÃO PAULO

  As of October 3, the city of São Paulo will be hosting debates on the cultural production of the Global South as part of the 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, in an edition that mirrors both comprehensively and poetically the countless crises that have lately challenged contemporary society. Besides exhibiting the selected works, the Festival will also feature performances and public programs which will jointly occupy several spaces at Sesc Pompeia up to January 2018. 

For the regional director of Sesc São Paulo, Danilo Santos de Miranda, “the 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, with proposals by artists from different nations in the geopolitical South, lies at a crossroads where the specific meets the general. Based on this premise, Sesc presents a cultural initiative akin to experiences dedicated to casting off shackles inherited from the colonial past and imposed by a peripheral geopolitical condition.” Miranda mentions the importance of the partnership between Sesc and Associação Cultural Videobrasil, which, since the 1990s, “has enabled such intersections between local and international forces to create new nodes originating in the South.”

“In these unstable times, as narrative disputes escalate and local and global sociopolitical rearrangements are relentlessly driven by the permanent specter of crisis – whether economic, ecological or cultural – the group of selected artists brings out art’s desire to expand our worldviews, encompassing the study of life, of our origins, of the evolution of the universe and of the dynamics of social groups throughout history, as well as the invention of new ways of doing politics,” affirms Solange Farkas, chief curator of the Festival and director of Associação Cultural Videobrasil, one of the presenting entities of the event, alongside Sesc São Paulo.

“These are artistic practices that blur the boundaries between sciences and take us on a journey of the origin of history, of societies and of Earth,” adds Solange. 


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 PerformancesPublic 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. 

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10.08.2017 | by martalanca | Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_VideoBrasil, são paulo

Mostra São Palco: de 31 de Maio a 9 de Junho

A companhia de teatro de Coimbra “O Teatrão” traz a vários espaços da cidade, pelo segundo ano consecutivo, peças teatrais de grupos de São Paulo, no âmbito da Mostra São Palco, que se realiza entre 31 de Maio e 9 de Junho. Este ano, a mostra estende-se também a outras cidades do país.

De acordo com a programação, o público poderá assistir a representações do Grupo Núcleo Bartolomeu de Depoimentos que levará à cena as peças “Orfeu Mestiço - Uma Hip-Hópera Brasileira” e “Vai-te Catar!”, assim como do Grupo XIX de Teatro, que apresentará “Hygiene” e “Hysteria”. Estes espectáculos terão lugar na Oficina Municipal do Teatro, no Teatro Académico Gil Vicente, no Largo da Sé Velha e no Colégio das Artes.

Em colaboração com outras entidades e instituições, este ano os espectáculos da Mostra de São Palco poderão ser vistos em outras cidades, como em Santa Maria da Feira, no âmbito do Festival Imaginarius; no Porto, no âmbito do FITEI; em Torres Novas, no Teatro Virgínia; e em Torres Vedras, no Teatro-Cine.

Segundo informação publicada no 
site d’O Teatrão, “a primeira edição da mostra, realizada entre 29 de Maio e 8 de Junho de 2012, juntou em Coimbra cinco dos mais distinguidos trabalhos de teatro de São Paulo dos últimos anos. A adesão massiva do público e a qualidade da selecção dos trabalhos apresentados abriram caminho para que a edição deste ano tomasse lugar, que vê inclusive três dos seus quatro espectáculos serem integrados na programação oficial da Mostra de Artes Cénicas do Ano do Brasil em Portugal, validando assim a qualidade e o mérito da mostra São Palco”.

Programa completo.


31.05.2013 | by herminiobovino | Coimbra, mostra de teatro, são paulo, teatro

10 de Junho: Fios da Ancestralidade - São Paulo, Brasil

06.06.2012 | by joanapereira | Brasil, são paulo

Mostra: AFRICA HOJE | Brasil (SP)

A produtora Dona Rosa Filmes está a realizar a primeira mostra exclusiva de documentários africanos no Brasil. 24 filmes forão exibidos ao longo de 2 semanas no Rio de Janeiro e serão exibidos ao longo de 2 semanas em São Paulo.

A mostra “Africa Hoje” exibirá documentários africanos para dilvulgar a cultura da Africa no brasil.

Para mais informações, pode consultar o blog aqui

30.05.2012 | by martacacador | Africa Hoje, documentários, Dona Rosa Filmes, são paulo

ISSO | Ensaio de Geo-Grafia

ESTUDIOBUCK convida para a abertura da exposição:
ISSO Ensaio de Geo-grafia de Mattia Denisse, com a curadoria de Paulo Miyada.
10 de Abril | 19h00

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São Paulo, Brasil
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06.04.2012 | by herminiobovino | desenho, exposição, são paulo

Cidade aTravessa poesia dos lugares, LISBOA

Depois de um ano atravessando Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo, o evento mensal Cidade aTravessa: poesia dos lugares cruza o oceano e aporta em Lisboa. Nessa primeira edição portuguesa (décima primeira do evento), nômades portugueses e brasileiros como Ana Luisa Amaral, Antonio Cícero, João Gilberto Noll e Fernando Aguiar, o francês Henri Deluy, o italiano Enzo Minarelli, além de outros poetas vindos do México, Holanda e Reino Unido, se reúnem na Casa Fernando Pessoa durante dois dias para celebrar as várias maneiras de dizer poesia.  Com curadoria dos escritores brasileiros Márcio-André, Victor Paes e Ronaldo Ferrito, o evento surge com a necessidade de criar um núcleo móvel da palavra, unindo os movimentos de diversas partes do mundo e fazendo convergir as inúmeras vertentes poéticas atuais, em seu amplo aspecto de entendimento. Leituras, performances de poesia sonora, filmes que experimentam a palavra, poemas visuais, além de conferências instigantes e entrevistas abertas, levam ao público o que há de mais atual na poesia contemporânea. Tudo, claro, regado a absinto, bebida que se tornou símbolo do evento. Em 2011, o Cidade aTravessa acontecerá revezadamente nas cidades de Lisboa, Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo, sempre com transmissão ao vivo pelo website do evento:


12.05.2011 | by franciscabagulho | absinto, lisboa, performance, poesia, Rio de Janeiro, são paulo