Associação Cultural Videobrasil and Sesc São Paulo invite artists from the Global South, the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP), and native peoples from all countries to participate in the selection of artists for the 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil | Imagined Communities.

With its usual dynamism, the Festival enters new stage in 2018, with a new name: Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil. Its 21st edition unfolds into three curatorial platforms: exhibition + film program, public programs, and publication.

For the first time, the call is published alongside a curatorial statement, which will guide the work of curators in selecting artists and preparing the programs of the 21st Biennial. Imagined Communities, the title of this edition, is a starting point to investigate how the poetics stemming from the South interpret the nationalist wave we have seen spread throughout the world and how artists of stateless communities — especially those from native peoples — elaborate their symbolic production.

In addition, the artists selected via open call will be accompanied by artists invited by the team of curators. Also from the South, these artists will be able to establish dialogue points with the proposed curatorial investigation. All artists may take part in one or more curatorial platforms, with no restrictions.

The application process, open to works in any language, is free and must be done online. Each user may submit up to 05 (five) works, which must be sent simultaneously. Application in Individual Authorship does not exclude the possibility of application in Collective Authorship; just create a different username.

Information entered can be saved and edited until acceptance of the Agreement and submission of the form. Once the application is completed, a record number will be generated, which must be saved by the artist or group representative. A confirmation e-mail with the application information will be sent to the registered user.

Read here the curatorial statement of the 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil | Imagined Communities.

Access the call of this edition. In case of doubts, send an e-mail to

Good luck!