Associação Cultural Videobrasil
Established by Solange Farkas in 1991, Associação Cultural Videobrasil was born of the desire for an institution to house a growing body of artworks and publications amassed since the first edition of Videobrasil Festival, in 1983. Ever since, the Association has been working systematically to improve its collection, comprising artworks produced by artists from the Global South, classics of video art, own publications and a broad collection of art publications.
Apart from the Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, which takes place every two years, the Association also promotes several activities aimed at researching, publicizing and mapping out its collection: international art shows, travelling exhibitions, publications about contemporary art and culture, TV shows, the Videobrasil Authors Collection documentaries, seminars, workshops and meetings with artists and researchers of several fields of knowledge, and furthermore artistic residence programs, in connection with a broad network of international collaborators.
Galpão VB is the headquarter of Associação Cultural Videobrasil. It houses its collection and hosts the activities promoted: exhibitions, film programs, seminars, workshops and laboratories for creation and reflection. The venue makes meetings and exchanges among artists, curators and researchers brought together by the Festival more constant, as well as allow the public permanent contact with the collection.
Sesc São Paulo
Established by entrepreneurs of the goods and services market in 1946, Sesc – Serviço Social do Comércio (Social Service of Commerce) has as its main priority the promotion of education, culture, leisure, health and citizenship. It is a nonprofit organization that promotes wellbeing and improvement of quality of life of associates and of population as a whole.
Sesc actions are a result of a solid cultural and educational project that has resulted in innovation and social transformation. Over the years, Sesc has innovated with the introduction of new models of cultural activity and, in the 1980s, started emphasizing education as a tool for social transformation. This goal was achieved through intense activity in the cultural area in its several manifestations, destined to all audiences of several age groups and social classes. Sesc does not only offers a great diversity of events, but also contributes to more long-lasting and meaningful experiences. In the State of São Paulo, Sesc has 36 units, most are cultural and sports centers. Furthermore, the institution counts with Portal Sesc SP, SescTV, Edições Sesc São Paulo (publishing house) and the Sesc imprint, as well as several magazines – Em Cartaz, Mais 60, Problemas Brasileiros and Revista E – in which it records and publicizes its actions, thus expanding access to its new programs and the cultural works it produces.
In the field of visual arts, the institution plays the part of promoter of contemporary artistic production and of other historical art periods, as well as of intersections with other artistic languages, having as its guideline the promotion of exhibitions to all audiences. Projects with installations and performances are carried out, as well as educational activities and mediation in varied formats, focusing on qualified services both to scheduled groups and spontaneous audiences, seeking, above all, to achieve a sensitive education and to foster autonomy and freedom of choice.
For over 20 years, Sesc São Paulo has been the main Videobrasil partner to organize the Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil every two years, the itinerant Festival in the countryside of São Paulo and in other cities in Brazil and abroad, and to publish content about contemporary art and culture.