From August 1st to September 2nd, 2022, the 22nd Biennale Sesc_Videobrasil will hold an open call for artists. This edition will take place in São Paulo in October 2023 after being postponed for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Biennale will receive submissions of works, in any format and language, from artists and/or collectives born and/or resident in countries of the Global South, the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), or have lived there for at least five years, as well indigenous artists of any nationality.
About the 22nd Biennale Sesc_Videobrasil
With its characteristic dynamic, the event will reach its 22nd edition in 2023 with the title “Memory is an Editing Station” – a sentence from the poem “Open Letter to John Ashbery” by Waly Salomão (1943-2003). Curated by Raphael Fonseca from Brazil and Renée Akitelek Mboya from Kenya, the biennial also marks the 40th anniversary of Videobrasil, which was originally dedicated to video but has expanded over the decades to include a wide variety of artistic media. In this celebration, “there is therefore a need not only to reflect on time and the many notions of memory, but also to reconsider the importance of video over these four decades,” the curators write. It is also worth noting that the possibilities of editing have changed in the present, becoming more agile and within reach of our fingertips in many technological devices of daily use.
Far beyond these specific “editing stations,” the 22nd Biennial seeks to select works that engage with collective memories, the dynamics of memory and forgetting that build historical and social narratives related to peoples, nations, and geographical regions. “What are the ethical limits of a cut?” Who has the power to do this? How can we forge the memory of what we have not seen or felt in our bodies? Where are the limits of memory?” ask the curators.
Solange Farkas, founder and artistic director of Videobrasil, which hosted its first festival in 1983, draws attention to the context in which the open call for artists is taking place, after more than two years of a pandemic that has claimed the lives of millions of people around the world has cost. The idea of survival therefore emerges as an essential desire, as does the need to confront a past so recent and already traumatic. “Surviving in the face of adversity is necessary, and the Biennale values expression of diverse voices, avenues of engagement with the historical past, and forms of reflection on contemporary imaging.”
Those selected will take part in the exhibition at Sesc 24 de Maio (São Paulo, Brazil) and compete for the following prizes awarded by the 22nd Biennial:
State of the Art Award: awarded to the work considered by the jury to be the most thoughtful, powerful and significant of the Biennial.
Sesc Contemporary Art Prize: awarded to outstanding works of the 22nd Biennale, produced by Brazilian artists and/or collectives which will be included in the Brazilian art collection of the Sesc.
AUS award: offered by the Ostrovsky Family Fund, awarded to a participating artist, by any nationalitywhich presents an original study of the moving image.
Artistic residency In addition, prizes are awarded that enable stays at partner institutions. Prizes include airfare, accommodation and subsistence allowance during stays, which last eight weeks.
About the organizers
Associação Cultural Videobrasil
Founded in 1991 by Solange Farkas, the Associação Cultural Videobrasil is the result of a desire to institutionally house the growing collection of works and publications that have been amassed since the first Festival Videobrasil in 1983. Since then, the association has been working systematically on activating its collection, which brings together pieces from the Global South, classic video art and works of its own, as well as an extensive collection of publications on art. In addition to the Sesc_Videobrasil Biennale, the association also carries out important research, dissemination and mapping activities related to its collection: national and international exhibitions; touring shows; publications; television programs; documentaries; seminars; workshops and meetings with artists and researchers; and artistic residency programs in conjunction with a worldwide collaborative network.
Sesc – Social Service for Commerce
Sesc – Social Service of Commerce is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1946 by entrepreneurs in commerce and services throughout Brazil. In the state of São Paulo, Sesc has 40 centers in the fields of culture, education, sports, leisure and health. Sesc São Paulo records around 20 million visits annually. The work of Sesc São Paulo is guided by its educational role and the pursuit of social well-being based on a broad concept of culture. In this sense, unrestricted access to the spaces and content offered by the institution aims at the democratization of cultural assets as a form of individual autonomy. In the field of visual arts, the main mission of the institution is to promote and disseminate contemporary artistic production and the study of the production of earlier historical periods, as well as the intersections with other artistic languages, using the organization of exhibitions as a central guideline for all audiences.
Read the here curatorial approach of 22nd Biennale Sesc_Videobrasil.
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