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21st Sesc_Videobrasil Contemporary Art Biennial

21st Sesc_Videobrasil Contemporary Art Biennial


São Paulo, Brazil

The Associação Cultural Videobrasil and Sesc São Paulo invite artists from the Global South (Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East) and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) to submit their applications for the 21st Sesc_VIdeobrasil Contemporary Art Biennial | Imagined Communities.

The artists selected will participate in an exhibition presented at the Sesc 24 de Maio spaces and in parallel activities at the Galpão VB (San Pablo, Brazil) from October 2019 to February 2020. They will also compete for the following awards granted by the 21st Biennial:

State of the Art Award: A single cash award in the amount of 100,000.00 BRL for best participating artist or group.

Sesc Contemporary Art Award: Two awards for works created by Brazilian artists of up to 50,000.00 BRL each. These works will become part of the Sesc Brazilian Art Collection.

Residency Awards: Offered to three young artists to support the production of a unique work in partnership with Videobrasil's residency network (details to be announced soon).

O.F.F. Award: A cash award in the amount of 25,000.00 BRL offered by the Ostrovsky Family Fund to an artist with original research on moving images.

For 2018 the festival has entered a new phase and adopted a new name:  Sesc_Videobrasil Contemporary Art Biennial. Its 21st edition unfolds into three curatorial platforms: exhibition + film program, public programs, and publication.

For the first time the call is published along with a curatorial statement that guides the work of the curators for the selection of artists and the preparation of the programs of the 21st Biennial. The title for this edition, "Imagined Communities," serves as a point of departure to inquire about the ways in which the poetic from these southern regions interpret nationalist waves across the world and how artists from stateless communities—particularly indigenous peoples—develop their symbolic production.

In addition to the artists selected through the open call, the curatorial team will invite some artists, also from these southern regions, to establish points of dialogue with the proposed curatorial research. Artists may participate in one or more curatorial platforms, without restrictions.

The application process is free of charge and must be completed online. Each user may submit up to five works. Individual applications do not exclude the possibility of group applications (these must be created with a different user name).

The information submitted can be saved and edited before accepting the Agreement and sending the application. A registration number will be generated upon completing the application. This number must be saved by the artist or group representative. A confirmation email with the application information will be sent to the registered user.

The curatorial statement is available at:

For more information and to submit the application visit:

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