OPEN CALL | 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil: Imagined Communities

Associação Cultural Videobrasil and Sesc São Paulo, make public the opening of Artist applications for selection to participate in the 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil, to take place from October 9, 2019, through February 2, 2020, at Sesc 24 de Maio and Galpão VB (São Paulo, Brazil).


The object of this call is the application from Artists with Work(s) of any kind, born or residing for over 5 (five) years in countries of the Global South and of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP), and members of native peoples of all countries. Artists born in the countries listed in item 8.5. are excluded from this call.


Theme: On all sides and 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 regressive cycle. In this context, the 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil: Imagined Communities borrows the title of Benedict Anderson’s classic study of the rise of nationalism to investigate how poetics stemming from the South have been addressing the phenomenon. The interest of the biennial, however, is not limited to imagined communities related to nation-states and the resurgence of nationalism. Going beyond Anderson’s conception, it is fitting to consider also other communities, created by imaginations distinct from those that founded national states.  Link to curatorial statement >>>


Open call and application process >>>

Deadline: 10 August 2018, by 6:00 p.m.

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