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ART AFRICA extends our congratulations to the winners of the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc-Videobrasil, ‘Southern Panoramas’! Spread throughout the sprawling city of São Paulo the Festival comprises a meticulously organised exposition of video and visual art exhibitions; talk programmes, meetings, conversations, workshops, seminars, book launches and educational presentations. Here we present the winners and their respective residency prizes, along with a glimpse at some of this year’s highlights.

The 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, ‘Southern Panoramas’, opened its doors to the public on 6th October and runs until 6th December. From a curatorial perspective Videobrasil’s programme focuses its attention on the very concept of and the complex network of issues faced by the Global South; an intricate subtext of hybrid identities, personal narratives and the collective effects of insularity, migration and memory.
As part of the bi-annual programme, Sesc_Videobrasil drew together a panel of judges in order to pay special tribute to 11 of the 53 shortlisted artists. The highly acclaimed award jury, composed of Hoor Al-Qasimi (UAE), N’Goné Fall (Senegal), Priscila Arantes (Brazil), Till Fellrath (Switzerland) and Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy (Mexico), announced this edition’s winning artists at the awards ceremony on the evening of 10th October.
ART AFRICA was fortunate enough to attend the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil and will be featuring extensive coverage of the event in the Global South/Africa edition this December, 2015. In the meantime, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the festival organisers, curators, educators and participating artists for their contribution toward new ways of seeing and realising the various cultural manifestations of our time. Here is a list of the most exciting and influential artworks that garnered the jury’s attention this year:
Grand Prize:
Tao Hui (China):
Talk about body, 2013, video.
ChinaTao Hui, Still from Talk about body, 2013, video (detail).
A-I-R Laboratory Residency Prize (A-I-R Laboratory — Warsaw, Poland):
Clara Ianni (Brazil):
Forma Livre, 2013, video.
Linha, 2013, drawing.
AA Videobrasil Clara Ianni FormaLivreClara Ianni, Still from Forma Livre, 2013, video (detail).
Arquetopia_Videobrasil Residency Prize (Arquetopia — Puebla, Mexico):
Paulo Nazareth (Brazil):
L’Arbre D’Oublier, 2013, video.
Cine África, 2012-2013, video.
Cine Brasil, 2012-2013, video.
Ipê Amarelo, 2012-2013, video.
Paolo NazarethPaulo Nazareth, Still from L’Arbre D’Oublier, 2013, video (detail).
Delfina_Videobrasil Residency Prize (Delfina Foundation — London, United Kingdom):
Luciana Magno (Brazil):
Trans Amazônica, 2013, video.
AA Videobrasil LucianaMagno TransLuciana Magno, Still from Trans Amazônica, 2013, video (detail).
Res Artis Residency Prize (Djerassi Resident Artists Program — Woodside, USA):
Karolina Bregula (Poland):
Fire-Followers, 2013, video.
AA Videobrasil Karolina Bregula Fire-FollowersKarolina Bregula, Still from Fire-Followers, 2013, video (detail).
Res Artis Residency Prize (Kooshk Residency — Tehran, Iran):
Aline X and Gustavo Jardim (Brazil):
Tocaia, 2014, video installation.
AA Videobrasil  Aline GustavoJardim TocaiaAline X and Gustavo Jardim, Still from Tocaia, 2014, video installation (detail).
Res Artis Residency Prize (Kyoto Art Center — Kyoto, Japan):
Maya Watanabe (Peru):
Escenarios II, 2014, video installation.
AA Videobrasil MayaWatanabe  EscenariosMaya Watanabe, Still from Escenarios II, 2014, video installation (detail).
China Art Foundation Residency Prize (Red Gate Residency — Beijing, China):
Köken Ergun (Turkey):
Bayrak (The Flag), 2006, video installation.
AA Videobrasil KokenErgunKöken Ergun, Still from Bayrak (The Flag), 2006, video installation (detail).
Vila Sul – Goethe-Institut Residency Prize (Residência Vila Sul — Salvador, Brazil):
Roy Dib (Lebanon):
A Spectacle of Privacy, 2014, video installation.
Mondial 2010, 2014, video.
AA Videobrasil RoyDib ASpectacleRoy Dib, Still from A Spectacle of Privacy, 2014, video installation (detail).
Wexner Center for the Arts Residency Prize (Wexner Center for the Arts — Columbus, USA):
Pilar Mata Dupont (Australia):
Purgatorio, 2014, video.
AA Videobrasil PilarMataDupontPilar Mata Dupont, Still from Purgatorio, 2014, video (detail).
Special Prize: SP-Arte/Videobrasil:
Haroon Gunn-Salie (South Africa):
Sunday Best, 2014, sculpture.
AA Videobrasil HaroonGunnSalieHaroon Gunn-Salie, Sunday Best, 2014, sculpture.
Honorable Mentions:
Ali Cherri (Lebanon):
The Disquiet, 2013, video.
AA Videobrasil AliAli Cherri, Still from The Disquiet, 2013, video (detail).
Michael MacGarry (South Africa):
Excuse me, while I disappear, 2014, video.
AA Videobrasil MichaelMacgarryMichael MacGarry, Still from Excuse me, while I disappear, 2014, video (detail).
Taus Makhacheva (Russia):
Gamsutl, 2012, video.
AA Videobrasil TausMackachevaTaus Makhacheva, Still from Gamsutl, 2012, video (detail).
Look out for additional content on the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc-Videobrasil, ‘Southern Panoramas’ in the Global South/Africa edition of ART AFRICA this December, 2015. The new edition will include extended interviews with curator Solange Farkas; N’Goné Fall, Sabrina Moura, Bianca Baldi, Abdoulaye Konaté, and more!

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