17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil
September through December 2011
SESC Belenzinho | SESC Pompeia | Pinacoteca do Estado
São Paulo, state of São Paulo, Brazil

The 17th Festival marks the broadening of the project’s scope. Now called the International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil, the event becomes inclusive of other artistic experiments, such as installations, performances, artist books, photographs, and paintings, as part of the Southern Panoramas competitive show, held at SESC Belenzinho. With its new format, the Festival maintains its role as a special showcase for production from the world’s geopolitical South, featuring work by 101 artists from Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Oceania, while becoming the first contemporary art festival in the country. In keeping with this new scope, guest artist Olafur Eliasson holds his first Latin American exhibition as part of the Festival. Curated by Jochen Volz, Your body of work is featured at SESC Belenzinho, SESC Pompeia, and Pinacoteca do Estado. The show comprises 12 installations that invite the audience to experiment with their perceptions of reality.

Other Festival actions include the 1st Videobrasil Open Studio Prize, which selects young São Paulo-based artists to produce commissioned works at interaction-oriented facility Casa Tomada; and the Southern Panoramas Seminars, which discuss curatorial and editorial hypotheses, network articulations, and propositions for training within the Southern scene.