[spectre] (fwd) report on 17th Videobrasil: record audience

Andreas Broeckmann broeckmann at leuphana.de
Thu Dec 22 18:33:10 CET 2011

17th International Contemporary Art Festival

17th Videobrasil: record audience


Held at three different venues in São Paulo, the 
17th International Contemporary Art Festival 
SESC_Videobrasil has set a new record at 300,000 
visitors and 90,000 participants in its 
educational programs. The Festival program 
included two shows: Southern Panoramas, with 
works by 101 artists from the global South, and 
Olafur Eliasson - Your body of work.

The 17th Festival also served as a platform for 
two successful endeavors: weekly program 
Videobrasil on SESCTV, which uses the contents 
the organization has compiled on television; and 
the Videobrasil Open Studio Prize, which 
commissioned artwork created by artists in 
residence at Casa Tomada, in São Paulo.

Olafur Eliasson - Your body of work, the artist's 
first solo show in South America, was voted by 
the São Paulo Art Critics Association (APCA) the 
most important visual arts show of 2011.

Two other actions complement the show: the 
release of Olafur Eliasson - Your body of work 
book, Eliasson's first in Brazil, still in 2011; 
and a film of the Videobrasil Authors Collection 
series in which filmmaker Karim Aïnouz rereads 
Eliasson's oeuvre, scheduled for release in 2012.

Three of the artists who were awarded residency 
prizes in the Southern Panoramas show will start 
their residencies in the first half of 2012: in 
March, Carla Zaccagnini (Brazil) will be at 
pARTage (Mauritius); in May, Dirceu Maués 
(Brazil) leaves for a residency at the WBK Vrije 
Academie, in The Hague (the Netherlands), and 
Claudia Joskowicz (Bolivia) arrives in Itaparica 
(state of Bahia), for a two-and-a-half-month 
stint at the Sacatar Institute.

Starting in March 2012, a new project will expand 
the Festival audience: Southern Panoramas 
Travelling Exhibition 2012-2013, featuring works 
awarded and commissioned by Videobrasil, 
including installations, video installations, 
paintings, objects, and videos. The tour will 
start in the interior of the state of São Paulo 
and then continues in Brazilian capitals and 
foreign countries.

The Festival is an undertaking of Associação 
Cultural Videobrasil, in partnership with SESC. 
The institutions were also granted in 2011 their 
very first Jabuti, the Brazilian book industry's 
most prestigious prize. It has been awarded to 
curators Solange Farkas and Antonio D'Avossa for 
Joseph Beuys - We Are the Revolution exhibition 
catalogue (2010).

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