Imagined Communities – Open Call for Artists

  • 09.08.2018

Open Call for Artists

Until 10 August 2018

bienalsescvideobrasil.org.br/opencall

21st Contemporary Art Biennial SESC_Videobrasil – Imagined Communities

9 October 2019 – 2 February 2020

São Paulo, Brazil

The 21st Contemporary Art Biennial SESC_Videobrasil | Imagined Communities

From different shades of the political spectrum, nationalism has reemerged as a critical theme to understand the disputes that shape our time, raising questions about the duration and scope of this new, yet regressive, cycle. Within this context, the 21st Contemporary Art Biennial SESC_Videobrasil | Imagined Communities takes its title from Benedict Anderson’s classic study of the rise of nationalism to explore how poetics stemming from the South have been addressing the phenomenon. Without losing its geopolitical focus, the curatorial team of the 21st Biennial, composed of Gabriel Bogossian, Luisa Duarte, Miguel López and Solange Farkas, intends to expand the repertoire of questions and broaden the diversity of the voices we encounter. Thus, they seek to include artistic expression from stateless communities, Indigenous peoples, religious or mystical communities, communities uprooted from their original lands, fictional, utopian, and clandestine communities, and those constituted in the subterranean universes of sexual experiences and dissident bodies.

Selected participants will be announced early next year and will also be nominated for the following awards:

State of the Art Award

Cash prize in the amount of R$100,000 for best participating artist or group

SESC Contemporary Art Award

Two prizes for works by Brazilian artists in the amount of up to R$50,000 each. Works will form 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

Cash prize in the amount of R$25,000 offered by the Ostrovsky Family Fund to an artist with original research on the moving image