Roundtable of the Seminars of the 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil  | Imagined Communities, held at Sesc 24 de Maio (São Paulo) in October and November 2019.


JOÃO SILVÉRIO TREVISAN — Author and activist, he founded the first homosexual identity group (Somos) and the first journal geared towards the gay community in Brazil, Lampião da Esquina, back in the 1970s. His study Devassos no paraíso (A homossexualidade no Brasil, da colônia à atualidade) was republished in 2018. In 2017, he published his first autobiographical work, Pai, pai (Alfaguara).

PAULO MENDEL — A filmmaker, Mendel researches the interfaces between art and video, video art, and the documentary. His work has been seen at such shows as the Prague Quadrennial and incorporated into collections including the Circuito Videodanza Mercosur and the Centre de vidéo-danse, Bourgogne.

VITOR GRUNVALD — Visual artist, filmmaker, and lecturer. He researches the appropriation of artistic methodologies and practices in the anthropological process. He is a member of the Visual Anthropology Group and the Center for Anthropology, Performance, and Drama at USP’s Sound and Image in Anthropology Laboratory.

ELVIS STRONGER — A human rights activist, Stronger is part of the Stronger Family collective and the Municipal LGBT Council in São Paulo. Related to LGBTQI+ issues and the empowerment of black youths from the slums, his projects include the LGBT Parade in Cidade Tiradentes and Cinedivercidade at the Centro Cultural do Grajaú, São Paulo (2013).


GABRIEL BOGOSSIAN — An independent curator, editor, and translator, he researches the representation of indigenous peoples in Brazil. His exhibitions include Nada levarei quando morrer, aqueles que me devem cobrarei no inferno (Galpão VB, 2017) and Akram Zaatari – Amanhã vai ficar tudo bem (Galpão VB, 2016), all in São Paulo. He is associate curator with Associação Cultural Videobrasil.