The plural production of the global South takes São Paulo by storm during the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil | Southern Panoramas. This edition of the Festival has three exhibits (at Sesc Pompeia’s Convivência and Galpão venues and at Galpão VB, the new headquarters of Associação Cultural Videobrasil). The program also includes a parallel show featuring Videobrasil Collection artworks at Paço das Artes.
Sesc Pompeia’s Teatro and Galpão VB will host the 19th Festival's Film Program, featuring a series of selected works created for the big screen and a selection of pieces by guest artist Gabriel Abrantes.
Besides the videos, video installations, photographs, prints, paintings, and installations in the Southern Panoramas | Selected Works exhibit, the 19th Festival will feature three performances by artists and groups selected through the open call for artwork entries. Two of them will be enacted at Sesc Pompeia’s Convivência area. The third performance will be presented at Sesc Pompeia’s Teatro, where the 19th Festival’s Film Programs will also be on show.
Four different sets of activities will explore the contents of the Festival’s exhibitions: the Seminar Places and meanings of art: debates from the South, which reflects about the possibilities of broadening the artistic categories in contemporaneity; the Workshops, practical sessions for exercise on language; Meetings and conversations, informal opportunities for exchange; and Mediated Actions hosted by the Festival’s educators. The program involves artists featured in the exhibitions, as well as guest curators, researchers, and delegates from partner organizations, as well as educators.
The 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil | Southern Panoramas will award a greater number of prizes. In addition to the Grand Prize and its nine residency prizes, the 19th Festival will see the launch of a special prize: the SP-Arte/Videobrasil Prize. Eligible artists include the 53 artists selected via a call for artworks participating in an exhibition and in film programs set to run at Sesc Pompeia and Galpão_VB. The winners will be announced on October 10, in a ceremony at Sesc Pompeia’s Teatro, at 6pm.
Five publications will be launched during the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil | Southern Panoramas, slated for October 6 to December 6, 2015 in São Paulo. Three of them are linked to the Festival’s themes: Southern Panoramas | Guest Artists, Southern Panoramas | Selected Works and Commissioned Projects and the anthology Southern Panoramas | Readings | Perspectives for other geographies of thought. The book Videobrasil: Three decades of video, art, encounters and transformations celebrates the history of the Festival, mapping the transformations undergone by video and its convergence with art from the 1980s on. The final publication is An Alliance of Vulnerable Bodies, the 11th edition of the annual contemporary art magazine Caderno Sesc_Videobrasil, edited by curator Miguel Angel López.