Featuring the curators Moacir dos Anjos and Solange Farkas, and the musician Siba, the final Southern Observatory session dealt with perspectives of art circulation informed by a critical regionalism and devoted to establishing decentralized axes of local and transnational cooperation. As part of a generation that witnessed major changes in the symbolic place occupied by Northeast Brazil as the 1990s progressed, Moacir dos Anjos and Siba took the Recife music scene and mangue beat movement as starting points from which to understand the transformations undergone by various fields of art production, such as cinema, fashion, and the visual arts. In the second part of the event, the curator Solange Farkas elaborated on her experience in leading Videobrasil, recalling how the institution changed over time, in constant dialogue with international interlocutors. The final Southern Observatory session wrapped up with closing remarks from all its participants. The researchers went over the main points covered during the four sessions, bringing up issues that arose in connection with their own practices. Southern Observatory is a study and debate platform that is part of the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil | Southern Panoramas and the Goethe-Institut’s Southern Episodes project. The Observatory featured four meetings at the Goethe’s São Paulo headquarters and Sesc Pompeia, focusing on thematic sections from the written anthology released in October 2015, as part of the 19th Festival publications, and providing input for the event’s Public Programs Seminar. The Seminars project, the publication, and the meetings were organized and curated by Sabrina Moura. Moura also played host to the Observatory meetings, with collaboration from different guest artists and researchers in each session, plus four researchers selected through an open call — Alex Flynn, Cristina Bonfiglioli, Marina Guzzo and Nathalia Lavigne — and members of the Goethe-Institut, Sesc São Paulo, and Videobrasil teams — Lorena Vicini, Isabel Hölzl, Patrícia Quilici, Alcimar Frazão, and Ruy Luduvice.
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