22nd Sesc Biennial _Videobrasil – Memory is an editing island

, promising19out(Oct 19)09:00sun28April(Apr 28)21:0022nd Sesc Biennial _Videobrasil – Memory is an editing islandDirected by Solange Farkas and curated by Raphael Fonseca and Renée Akitelek Mboya, the edition will bring together 60 artists and collectives from 38 countriesSesc 24th of May, Rua 24 de Maio, 109, Downtown, São Paulo, SP


Entitled "Memory is an editing island” – phrase taken from a poem by Waly Salomão (1943-2003) –, the Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil arrives at its 22nd edition in 2023, held after a postponement of almost two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Curated by the Brazilian Raphael Fonseca and the Kenyan Renée Akitelek Mboya, the Bienal also marks the 40th anniversary of Videobrasil, initially dedicated to video and which over the decades has expanded to encompass the most varied artistic languages.

In this celebration, “it is necessary, therefore, not only to reflect on time and the many conceptions of memory, but also to revisit the importance of video in these four decades”, write the curators. It should also be remembered that in contemporary times the possibilities for editing images have changed, becoming more agile and within reach of our fingers in a series of technological devices of daily use.

Far beyond these particular “islands of editing”, the 22nd Bienal seeks to select works that deal with collective memories, memories and forgetting that build historical and social narratives, related to peoples, nations and geographic regions. “What are the ethical boundaries of a cut? Who holds the power to do so? How to forge the memory of what we didn't see or feel in our bodies? What are the limits of memory?”, question the curators.

22nd Sesc Biennial _Videobrasil – Memory is an editing island
From October 19, 2023 to April 28, 2024
Tuesday to Saturday from 09:21 to 09:18, Sunday from XNUMX:XNUMX to XNUMX:XNUMX


October 19, 2023 09:00 - April 28, 2024 21:00(GMT-03:00)


Sesc 24th of May

Rua 24 de Maio, 109, Downtown, São Paulo, SP

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Raphael Fonseca

Researcher in the areas of art history, criticism, curatorship and education. He has a special interest in the relationships between art, visual culture and history in its various conceptions. The juxtaposition of different temporalities and the way in which this can elicit contemporary reflections for the public is of great importance in her practice. Humor, absurdity, pop culture and the understanding that an exhibition relates to the ideas of installation, scenography and spectacle has grown among his research interests. He is the first curator of modern and contemporary Latin American art at the Denver Art Museum in the United States. He worked as a curator at MAC Niterói between 2017 and 2020. PhD in Art Criticism and History from UERJ, received the Marcantonio Vilaça Award for curatorship (2015). Among his recent exhibitions are Who tells a tale adds a tail (Denver Art Museum, 2022), Raio-que-o-parta: fictions of the modern in Brazil (Sesc 24 de Maio, 2022), The silence of tired tongues (Framer Framed , Amsterdam, Holland, 2022), Sweat (Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany, 2021-2022), Shuttle (Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil – São Paulo, Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, 2019-2020), Lost and found (ICA Singapore, 2019), Sonia Gomes – a vida renasce, semper (MAC Niterói, 2018) and The sun teaches us that history is not everything (Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong, 2018).

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Renee Akitelek Mboya

She is a writer, curator and filmmaker. Her work is based on biography and storytelling as a form of research and production. Renée is currently concerned with looking at and talking about images and the ways they are produced, but especially how they have come to play a critical role as evidence of white paranoia and as aesthetic expressions of racial violence. Faced with this, Renée seeks to better understand the ways in which such images are used to reinforce the institutionalized narrative of the racialized body as a constant danger to the law. Among her most recent projects are Sweet Like Honey (Northern Corner Gallery, Musanze, 2022) and A Glossary of Words My Mother Never Taught Me (Cell Project Space, London, 2021). Renée works between Kigali and Nairobi and is a collaborative editor for the Wali Chafu Collective.

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