As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, the Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil makes available one of the largest, most diverse collections in Latin America.
Have you ever watched the video Caderneta de Campo (1983) by Zé Celso Martinez Correa, about resistance against the demolishing of theater group Teatro Oficina’s headquarters (designed by the Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi) by the Brazilian media and retail conglomerate Grupo Silvio Santos? What about Garotos do Subúrbio, the first documentary film by the then-fledgling filmmaker Fernando Meirelles (City of God and Blindness)? These two seminal works for the consolidation of video language in Brazil are available at the Videobrasil Video Library alongside rare videos like the ones of the Lebanese Akram Zaatari, of the Moroccan Bouchra Kalili, and others such as Video Opera for Paik, by Steina Vasulka and Stephen Vitiello, which recreates the work structure of Nam June Paik; videos by artists of worldwide renown, like Bill Viola and Gary Hill; and the performances and artworks featured this year, in the 18th edition of the Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, open until February 2, 2014 in São Paulo.
The Video Library is a space designed to publicize videos and enable research, comprising Videobrasil Collection pieces and works shown publically for limited periods of time. The Library has been rearranged and improved for the Festival’s three-decade celebration, in an effort that consumed over one-and-a-half years of research and retrieval work.
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