The Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil has a pioneering role in promoting international artistic exchanges. Through the Southern Panoramas competitive show, each edition of the Festival grants residency awards in partner institutions around the world.
The Videobrasil Residency Programme systematizes the action of Associação Cultural Videobrasil in the field of artistic residencies. By means of strategic partnerships with renowned teaching, research, and production institutions in several countries, the programme aims to strengthen existing exchange actions in Brazil and create rotational dynamics to benefit Brazilian, Latin American, and African artists.
The initiative began during the seventh edition of the Festival, in 1989, when the artist Sandra Kogut was granted a residency award to conduct a research at the Centre Internationale de Creation Vidéo (CICV), in France. This exchange allowed her to develop Parabolic People, a referential video artwork in Brazil and worldwide. At that time, the practice of exchange and research through artistic residencies was not widely spread and Videobrasil played a key role in its implementation in Brazil. Since the program was established, 52 artists benefited from the residencies granted by the institution.
Associação Cultural Videobrasil is an international reference center for contemporary art based in São Paulo, Brazil. Since 1991, it promotes actions dedicated to foster, disseminate, and map out the art production from the global south providing training to diverse audiences and promoting exchanges among artists, curators, and researchers.
In partnership with Sesc São Paulo, Videobrasil organizes the Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil, which is in its 21st edition in 2019.
Other actions promoted on a regular basis by the Videobrasil include the Videobrasil Residency Network, which selects artists for exchange programs offered by partner organisations in Brazil and abroad, Videobrasil Authors Collection (VCA), a series of documentaries on artists, Cadernos Sesc_Videobrasil, an annual contemporary art publication, the Videobrasil Online database and the Videobrasil Video Library which guarantee public access to the Videobrasil Historical Collection, one of the most important video and performance collections in the world.
- Independent Association/Foundation
- Months: 1 – 3
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts