ASSOCIAÇÃO CULTURAL VIDEOBRASIL
Founded by Solange Farkas in 1991, Associação Cultural Videobrasil is the result of the desire to institutionally host the growing collection of works and publications gathered since the first Festival Videobrasil, held in 1983. Since then, the Association has been working systematically to activate its collection, which brings together pieces from the Global South, classics of video art, in-house works, as well as a vast collection of publications on art.
In addition to the Sesc_Videobrasil Biennial, the Association also carries out important activities of research, diffusion and mapping concerning its collection: national and international exhibitions, touring shows, publications on contemporary art and culture, TV programs, the documentaries of the Videobrasil Authors Collection, seminars, workshops and meetings with artists and researchers from various areas of expertise and artistic residency programs, in connection with a worldwide collaborative network.
SESC – SOCIAL SERVICE OF COMMERCE
The Social Service of Commerce (Sesc) is a private, non-profit institution created in 1946 by entrepreneurs in different fields of business and services across Brazil. In the state of São Paulo, Sesc has over 40 centers focused in the areas of culture, education, sports, leisure and health. Sesc São Paulo receives roughly 20 million visits annually.
In addition to artistic and thematic exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances, film screenings, literary events, sports activities for all age groups, socio-environmental education, among others, the activities aim at establishing international partnerships of bilateral interest for constant improvement of the programs offered to the public. The work of Sesc São Paulo is guided by its educational role and by the pursuit of social well-being based on a broad notion of culture. In this sense, the unlimited access to the spaces and contents offered by the institution targets at the democratization of cultural assets as a form of autonomy of the individual.
In the field of visual arts, the institution’s main role is to foster and disseminate the contemporary artistic production and the study of the production of previous historical periods, as well as the intersections with other artistic languages, having as its central guideline the organization of exhibitions for all audiences. Sesc also carries out projects with installations, interventions and performances, as well as educational activities and mediation in various formats, focused on providing expert service to both scheduled groups and the general audience, seeking to achieve a sensitive approach, stimulating independence and freedom of choice.
In the field of visual arts, the institution plays the part of promoter of contemporary artistic production and 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 casual audiences, seeking, above all, to achieve a sensitive education and to foster autonomy and freedom of choice.
For 30 years Sesc São Paulo has been Videobrasil’s main partner in the Sesc_Videobrasil Biennial in the city of São Paulo. Together, Sesc and Videobrasil have also organized solo shows by foreign artists, touring exhibitions in the interior of the state of São Paulo and in other locations across Brazil and abroad, in addition to publishing books on contemporary art and culture.
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