The guest curators of the 19th edition of the Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil | Southern Panoramas, Bernardo José de Souza, Bitu Cassundé, João Laia and Júlia Rebouças, take us on a tour of the selected works exhibit, introducing the artworks and curatorial concepts that drove them in relating the myriad subjects that the pieces deal with.

Solange Farkas, the Festival’s chief curator, presents the show featuring works selected from amid nearly 2500 entries to an open call to artists from the global South.

Júlia Rebouças comments on the work of Vera Chaves Barcellos, Luciana Magno, Iosu Aramburu, Paulo Nimer PJota, Carlos Mélo, Beto Shwafaty, Rodrigo Cass and Clara Ianni, showing how they deal with modernist tradition in the Latin American context, reworking it through its fractured legacy. The work of Maya Watanabe, Taus Makhacheva, Débora Bolsoni, Pablo Lobato, Louise Botkay, Daniel Jacoby, Tiécoura N’Daou, Paulo Nazareth, Rafael RG, Andres Bedoya, Marinos Koutsomichalis, Maria Varela, Afroditi Psarra, Monica Rodriguez, Pilar Mata Dupont and a performance by Rodolpho Parigi are discussed by Bernardo de Souza through the prism of the impossibility to define future images, and through a perspective view of hegemonic narratives built on questionings put forth from the global South context. Bitu Cassundé expounds on the cross-referencing of body, sexuality and politics in the works of Chameckilerner, Felipe Bittencourt, Solon Ribeiro, Roy Dib, Hui Tao, Maria Kramar, Waléria Américo and Armando Queiróz. The idea of history as superimposition of different times, past, present and future, and the absence of the human are explored by João Laia in his commentary on the work of Enrique Ramirez, Runo Lagomarsino, Bianca Baldi, Mihai Grecu, Aline X, Gustavo Jardim, Daniel Monroy Cuevas, João Castilho, Michael MacGerry and Haroon Gunn-Salie. The curators also present pieces by Ali Cherri, Tatiana Fuentes Sadowski, Kush Badhwar, Viktorija Rybakova, Ana Vaz, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Distruktur and Leticia Ramos, featured in the Film Programs, as well as the audio-based work of Daniel Frota.