From the 5th to the 11th of October, ART AFRICA is at the Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil in São Paulo, Brazil! This year marks the 19th edition of The Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, which spans from 6 October – December 6 2015 and takes its proposal to the extreme by making ‘Southern Panoramas’ the core of its entire programme.
This year’s focus on The Global South and its myriad issues deals with a wide array of pressing social topics such as diasporas, hybrid identities, migration flows and travels, personal accounts, memories, isolation, the social fabric, and insularity. These themes have inspired and set the parameters for the Curatorial Committee to select artworks and art projects, as well as oriented the curating of all of the Festival’s exhibitions, public programmes, and publications.
This year Sesc_Videobrasil features an extended programme of public talks and workshops, three exhibitions, along with the launch of the SP-Arte/Videobrasil prize. The highly-aniticpated award ceremony takes place on the 10th of October and will see nine artists win residency prizes, whilst the overall winner that is selected by the awards jury, recieves the grand prize of BRL 75 000 in cash.
The week in São Paulo has started off on a whirlwind of activity, with artists, curators, artworld stakeholders and public alike descending on the iconic Sesc Pompeia compound to take full advantage of the inspired and inspiring programme!
Highlights so far include:
- The Southern Panoramas | Guest Artists exhibition, featuring special works by Abdoulaye Konaté (Mali), Sônia Gomes and Rodrigo Matheus (both Brazil), Gabriel Abrantes (Portugal) and Yto Barrada (Morocco/France).
- A guided tour of the four specially commissioned works by artists Keli-Safia Maksud (Kenya), Ting-Ting Cheng (Taiwan), Carlos Monry (Brazil) and Cristiano Lenhardt (Brazil), hosted in Galpão VB, Videobrasil’s new headquarters.
- The official opening last night, with addresses by Solange Farkas (Chief curator and director) and Danilo Santos de Miranda (Regional Director of Sesc São Paulo).
- Touring extensive the exhibition area housing the 53 works in Southern Panoramas | Selected Works
- A panel discussion entitled ‘Rethinking Traditions: Art, Gesture and Contemporaneity’ with artist Abdoulaye Konaté (Mali), Videobrasil curatorJúlia Rebouças, award jury member N’Goné Fall, (Senegal) artist Roy Dibb (Lebanon) and seminar curator Sabrina Moura.
ART AFRICA has also been conducting exclusive interviews, so stay tuned to read (and see) more of what we’ve been up to!
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