South likes: Videobrasil in São Paulo

Luiz Abreu

Luiz de Abreu, O Samba do Crioulo Doido, 2004, performance

South likes: Videobrasil in São Paulo
18th Contemporary Art Festival SESC
São Paulo, Brazil
November 6, 2013 – February 2, 2014

Videobrasil was founded in 1983 by Solange Farkas to bring together a generation of national artists, filmmakers and electronic art pioneers. The festival, which was started in the beginning of Brazil’s democratization process, has grown up to its 30th year as one of the most interesting reference points for new media artists from the geopolitical South. The numbers scored by the competitive exhibition Southern Panoramas (over 2,000 project submitted to the open call, 94 artists, 106 exhibited works) sound quite impressive and should please anyone who is looking for a compass pointing South. A quick look at the prizes awarded is in itself a dense commentary on issues concerning cultural identity, social and political conflicts, customary and traditional legacies. It is maybe worth mentioning the winner of the rich Grand Prize, Luiz de Abreu with his Samba do Crioulo Doido, a sensual performance and a critique of race and gender stereotypes—introduced by a simple mantra (“the cheapest meat on the market is black meat”), involving big lips, silver boots, and ending up with the desecration of the Brazilian flag. Other prizes- awarded artists include: Ali Cherri (Lebanon), Ayrson Heráclito (Brazil), Bakary Diallo (Mali), Laura Huertas Millan (Colombia).

Michelangelo Corsaro

http://site.videobrasil.org.br/en/

Panoramas

Exhibition view, Southern Panoramas, 18th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, 2013 | Photo: Everton Ballardin

Panoramas

Exhibition view, Southern Panoramas, 18th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, 2013 | Photo: Everton Ballardin

Panoramas

Public Programs, 18th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, 2013 | Photo: Max Röhrig

 

 

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