Watch 30 years of Brazilian video art

For the first time in South Africa, the Associação Cultural Videobrasil, one of the most important exhibitors and archivers of artistic production in the global south, presents elements from their extensive video collection. The selected works from the archive recount the 30-year-history of the Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil with highlights of Brasilian video art from three tumultuous decades in the nation’s history.


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Wednesday 13th August | 6:15 pm
The 80’s Experimental Practices (71 min)

Thursday 14th August | 6:15 pm
The 90’s: Into the Art – Video Production Between Cinema and Visual Arts (77 min)

Friday 15th August | 6:15 pm
21st Century: The Consolidation of an Artistic Language (73 min)

Venue: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Ticket price: R40

Reserve tickets by calling the Labia box office on 021 424 5927

This curatorial project seeks to revisit the audiovisual works from the Videobrasil collection in order to establish a connection between the contemporary art scene and the history of the institution in its 30 years. The program has three parts showing the main phases that make up the history of Videobrasil.

The first one, from 1983 to 1989, is branded by the construction, diffusion and
establishment of the electronic medium in Brazil, a period in which Brazil was
leaving behind two decades of military dictatorship.

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The second phase, 1990 to 1998, is influenced by the international consolidation and legitimisation of electronic art. At that moment, the festival becomes biennial and it is consolidated as an exchange platform for artists, theorist and curators.

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From 2001 onwards, the festival enters its most recent phase. At this moment it upholds its international projection, concentrates its curatorial focus in the world’s geopolitical south, opening to the most varied artistic languages and supports.

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Download the full programme here (pdf): VideoBrasil programme

This event is presented by the Labia, Associação Cultural Videobrasil, the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism and While You Were Sleeping, a Cape  Town-based non-profit organisation committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentaries with important social, political and environmental messages to South African audiences. While You Were Sleeping is a registered South African Non Profit Organisation (NPO registration no: 137-167 NPO).


The Labia:
021 424 5927

While You Were Sleeping:
Dougie Dudgeon | 082 560 2296 |
Andreas Späth | 084 749 9470 |


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