The Festival gave out three acquisition awards for video works, a special prize money award, and five artist residency awards
Filipa César, Transmission from the Liberated Zones, 2015. Video still. Courtesy of Videobrasil.
In a ceremony held on the evening of October 8 at the Sesc Pompeia Theater, the 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil gave out three acquisition awards for video works, a special prize money award and five artist residency awards. Emo de Medeiros, one of the residency award winners, was also an “invited artist” of ART AFRICA’s THAT ART FAIR 2016.
The awards, which aim to acknowledge and encourage the development of artists producing compelling work, regardless of their idioms and means, were granted by the jury formed by invited curators and representatives of the residency programs. The jury members were: Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka (Greece/Poland), Jennifer Lange (USA), Katharina von Ruckteschell-Katte (Germany), Lisette Lagnado (Congo/Brazil), Mami Katsuya (Japan), Maria Catarina Duncan (Brazil), Marina Fokidis (Greece), Pablo León de la Barra (Mexico) and Salah M. Hassan (Sudan/USA).
The trophy sculpture for this edition was created by the Brazilian artist Flávia Ribeiro. Deliberately avoiding the grandiose tone commonly imparted to objects in this category, Ribeiro conceived a palm-sized bronze bird which simultaneously evokes ideas of delicacy and freedom, flight and welcome. The reduced dimensions, the gold and the velvet convey the feeling of a small and subtly precious gesture, which the artist relates to the generosity present in both the work of art and the gaze that welcomes, distinguishes and rewards.
The 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil runs through January 14, 2018 at Sesc Pompeia, in São Paulo, with exhibition of works, video programs, open lectures, meetings and talks with artists and curators.
20º Festival Sesc_Videobrasil Winning Artists. Quy Minh Truong, Natasha Mendonca, Emo de Medeiros, Benjamin de Burca and Bárbara Wagner, Jaime La. Photogragh: Pedro Napolitano. Courtesy of Videobrasil.
Below are listed the awards and winning artists:
Sesc Art Collection Acquisition Award. The following artists will receive R$ 25,000 each and their works will be included in the institution’s contemporary art collection:
Barbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Faz que vai, 2015. Video still. Courtesy of Videbrasil.
Artist residency awards. Five artists were awarded and will take part in two-month residency programs in 2018-2019, with airfare, accommodation and per diem included.
Natasha Mendonca, Trance, 2016. Video still. Courtesy of Videobrasil.
Honorable mention to Andrés Padilla Domene, for the work Ciudad Maya (2016, video).
Andres Padilla Domene, Ciudad Maya, 2016. Video still. Courtesy of Videobrasil.
For more information: 20º Festival Sesc_Videobrasil