From August 1 to September 2, 2022, the 22nd Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil launches an open call for artists. This edition will be held in October 2023, in São Paulo, 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 based in the countries of the South, the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP), or there resident for at least five years, as well as indigenous artists of any nationality.
About the 22nd Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil
With its characteristic dynamism, the event reaches its 22nd edition in 2023 with the title “Memory is an editing station” – a phrase taken from the poem “Open letter to John Ashbery”, by Waly Salomão (1943-2003). Organized by Raphael Fonseca, from Brazil, and Renée Akitelek Mboya, from Kenya, the Biennale also marks the 40th anniversary of Videobrasil, initially an event dedicated to video, but which over the decades has expanded to the most varied artistic media. . In this celebration, “it is therefore necessary not only to reflect on time and the multiple conceptions of memory, but also to revisit the importance of video in these four decades”, write the curators. It should also be noted that in the contemporaneity the editing possibilities have transformed and become more agile and within reach in many technological devices of daily use.
Well beyond these particular “editing stations”, the 22nd Biennale seeks to select works that address collective memories, the dynamics of memory and forgetting that construct historical and social narratives, linked to peoples, nations and to geographic regions. “What are the ethical limits of a cut?” Who has the power to do it? How to forge the memory of what we have not seen or felt in our body? What are the memory limits? ask the commissioners.
Founder and artistic director of Videobrasil, which organized its first Festival in 1983, Solange Farkas draws attention to the context in which the open call for artists takes place, after more than two years of a pandemic that has made millions deaths in the world. The idea of survival therefore appears as an essential desire, as well as the need to look into such a recent and already traumatic past. “Surviving in the face of adversity is necessary, and the Biennale cherishes the expression of different voices, the ways of negotiating the historical past and the forms of reflection on the creation of images today.”
Those selected will participate in the exhibition at Sesc 24 de Maio (São Paulo, Brazil) and will compete for the following prizes, which will be awarded by the 22nd Biennial:
State of the Art Awards: awarded to the work considered by the jury as the most inspiring, the most powerful and the most significant of the Biennale.
Sesc Contemporary Art Prize: awarded to the outstanding works of the 22nd Biennial, produced by Brazilian artists and/or collectives which will be included in the Brazilian art collection of Sesc.
Reward OFF: offered by the Ostrovsky family fund, it is given to a participating artist, from any nationalitywhich presents an original investigation into the moving image.
Artistic residency prizes will also be awarded, which will provide residency periods at partner institutions. Prices include airfare, accommodation and per diem during the residencies, which last eight weeks.
About the organizers
Associação Cultural Videobrasil
Founded by Solange Farkas in 1991, the Associação Cultural Videobrasil is the result of the desire to institutionally accommodate the growing collection of works and publications gathered since the first Videobrasil Festival, held in 1983. Since then, the association works systematically to activate its collection, which brings together pieces from the South, video art classics and house works and an extensive collection of art publications. In addition to the Sesc_Videobrasil Biennial, the Association also carries out important research, dissemination and mapping activities concerning its collection: national and international exhibitions; traveling shows; publication; TV programs; documentaries; seminars; workshops and meetings with artists and researchers; and artistic residency programs, linked to a global collaborative network.
Sesc—Social Service of Commerce
Sesc—Social Service of Commerce is a private non-profit institution created in 1946 by entrepreneurs in the fields of commerce and services throughout Brazil. In the state of São Paulo, Sesc has more than 40 centers focused on the areas of culture, education, sports, leisure and health. Sesc São Paulo receives approximately 20 million visits per year. The work of Sesc São Paulo is guided by its educational role and the pursuit of social well-being based on a broad notion of culture. In this sense, the unlimited access to the spaces and contents offered by the institution aims at the democratization of cultural goods as a form of individual autonomy. In the field of visual arts, the main role of the institution is to promote and disseminate contemporary artistic production and the study of the production of previous historical periods, as well as the intersections with other artistic languages, having as line central director of the organization of exhibitions for all audiences.
Read here the curatorial approach of the 22nd Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil.
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