Opportunity for artists - Open Call 21st Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil

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. Without losing the 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 hear. Thus, they consider stateless communities, indigenous peoples, religious or mystical communities, communities uprooted from their original lands, fictional, utopian, and clandestine communities, or those constituted in the subterranean universes of sexual experiences and dissident bodies.

The call is is intended for artists from the global South and will accept for the first time appplications from artists from native peoples and communities, from any country. 

Conditions for artists:

Selected Artists or Groups shall receive a gross amount of R$2,750 (two thousand seven hundred and fifty reais, subject to Brazilian tax legislation) as remuneration for the granting of the rights of the selected Work(s) provided for in item 5.2.

Selected Artists and Groups shall be invited to take part in the Biennial’s opening week, as well as in activities in the Public Programs, debates, and meetings, with airfare and lodging expenses covered by the Biennial organizers. Costs related to the issuance of passports and visas for Brazil shall be the sole and exclusive responsibility of the Artist or Group. 

Also, selected artists will all be eligible for the awards:

 State of the Art Award – Cash prize in the amount of R$100,000 (one hundred thousand reais, subject to Brazilian tax legislation) for the best participating Artist or Group.

Sesc Contemporary Art Award – Two awards of R$50,000 (fifty thousand reais, subject to Brazilian tax legislation) will be granted to the two Brazilian artists or Group whose works most stand out in this edition. A work by each one of the winners will become part of the Sesc Brazilian Art Collection

Artistic Residency Awards – Three awards will be offered to young artists in partner institutions of the Videobrasil Residency Program. A young artist is one whose first participation in collective or individual exhibitions was no more than ten years ago. The Artist or Group with no interest in the residency award must include this information in the application form.

O.F.F. Award – Cash prize in the amount of R$25,000 (twenty-five thousand reais, subject to Brazilian tax legislation), offered by the Ostrovsky Family Fund to an artist with original research on moving image.

Deadline: 10 August 2018

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