Established by Solange O. 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 Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, in 1983. Ever since, Associação has been working systematically to activate this collection, comprising artworks from the world’s Geopolitical South – Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East –, video art classics, own productions, and a vast collection of art publications.
Apart from the Festival, held every two years, Associação carries out several actions geared at researching, publicizing and mapping out its collection: international art shows; travelling exhibitions; publications about contemporary art and culture; TV shows and the Videobrasil Authors Collection documentaries; seminars, workshops and meetings with artists and researchers, in constant interaction with various fields of knowledge; and artist residency programs, in connection with a wide-ranging network of international collaborators.
2015 sees the launch of Videobrasil’s new headquarters in São Paulo: Galpão VB, a facility designed to permanently activate the collection’s artworks. A new home for the actions of Associação, Galpão VB houses exhibitions, film programs, seminars, workshops, artist residencies, and laboratories for creation and reflection. It aims to enable more consistent meeting and sharing with the community of artists, curators and researchers that the Festival values so much, as well as to allow the public constant contact with the collection, through access to the Video Library, featuring 1,300-plus items, and a reading room with over 3,200 titles. Covering an 800m2 area, Galpão VB is the first space devoted to the visual arts in São Paulo’s Vila Leopoldina district, including a services area, a café and a store, all open to the public.